Buckets of ice are pouring in Hinsdale.
The social media sensation with people getting doused with buckets of ice or making a donation to the ALS Foundation hit town in a big way. Funds raised through the campaign funds research and services for people affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Hinsdale’s own Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville took the challenge earlier this month. On Wednesday, a group of Hinsdale police officers willingly were doused buckets poured by Hinsdale firefighters and the Village Manager Kathleen Gargano.
“The water is so cold you don’t even notice the ice cubes are hitting your head,” said Hinsdale Officer Michael Coughlin.
Members of the Police Department are donating to ALS, despite having met the challenge.
Before being drenched, each officer challenged another individual or group to step up and face the ice. One of the groups called out was the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber President Janet Anderson, Executive Vice President Eva Field, staff member Kim Clements and board member Nancy Keegan of J.C. Licht Co. responded Thursday afternoon outside their temporary offices in Katherine Legge Memorial Park.
They thought they found a loophole with each pouring a tiny metal bucket of ice water over their heads. But the Hinsdale police would have none of it.
With lights and sirens blaring, officers Grant McElroy and Coughlin responded and gave all four a good soak with big plastic buckets of water and ice.
Later that afternoon, the new principal of Oak School in Hinsdale, Martha Henrikson, lined up with about 10 teachers and staff outside the school for their shower.
“I’m game for anything,” said Henrikson, who fortunately had a change of clothes on hand.
Jacki Gricus, Oak School’s reading specialist, and water specialist for the day, had disconnected a garden hose from the sprinkler to fill the buckets.
“It’s supposed to be ice, but we have been working all day and didn’t have time to get ice,” Gricus said.
Kathy Mangan said she had a meeting with parents at 3:15 p.m. that day so she got to pour the bucket on art teacher Cassie Nederhouser, instead of the reverse.
Henrikson challenged the parents and students of Oak School to take the ice bucket challenge.
Officials of Hinsdale Clarendon Hills School District 181 also felt the chill of the ice bucket challenge Thursday afternoon.
The ALS Foundation reports donations of more than $41 million have been inspired by the ice bucket challenge.