Five Seasons Family Sports Club staffers take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge has gotten in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fun and, as always, it’s for a good cause! Read the release (and watch the video!):

Under sunny skies and alongside the club’s renowned outdoor pool, six staff members from Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday, Aug. 27th. 

One by one, starting with Julie Cosentino and ending with Shannon Venable, the half-dozen hearty club employees doused themselves with buckets of water, filled with ice, that were prepared by members of the club’s café staff.

Others who took the challenge were Annalyse Doria, Kattie Kristie, Tim Troiano and Mike Smigielski. They represent a variety of departments at the club, 6901 S. Madison, which has provided a host of activities since opening in 2001. The club is renowned for its junior tennis program, its swimming program and its all-around offerings that cater to the entire family. 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a national phenomenon over the past month. As of Wednesday, Aug. 27, the ALS Association reported it had received $94.3 million in donations compared to $2.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 27). 

In Burr Ridge, the Five Seasons group all donned blue Les Turner ALS Foundation t-shirts for the occasion. They were responding to a pair of videotaped challenges issued in recent days from Five Seasons Burr Ridge Chief Club Officer Bob Diamond and Tom O’Toole, who chairs the club’s Board of Governors. O’Toole had “called out” staff members in especially dramatic fashion as he stood at the end of the diving board at the club’s outdoor pool, dumped ice on his head and then did an acrobatic back-flip off the board. 

In his remarks Wednesday immediately before the six staffers’ took the challenge, Diamond noted that the club was taking the action in support of the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Since 1977, the organization has been Chicagoland’s leader in patient services, research, and education for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and other motor neuron diseases. 

Supporting the Les Turner ALS Foundation is nothing new for the club.

From December 2011 to February 2012, the club participated in “A Long Swim,” in which club members swam 30 miles apiece, in the club’s indoor pool, and raised money from donor pledges on a per-mile basis.

That extended effort was in coordination with “A Long Swim,” launched by Doug McConnell whose father died from ALS. McConnell swam the English Channel the previous summer and his sister, a Burr Ridge resident, helped promote the cause regionally. In addition, Diamond’s wife, Shari, has been a nurse consultant for the Les Turner Foundation for many years.

Building on the Ice Bucket Challenge’s viral nature, on Wednesday Diamond called out the staff at FiveSeasons Family Sports Club in Northbrook to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge. At the same time, he called out Thomas Deere, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs; Joseph Pinnell, Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs Vice President of Club Performance; and Lisa Scheper, Executive Assistant at Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs.

Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs was founded in 1988 and is owned by Corporex Companies, LLC,  in Covington, Kentucky. In addition to the clubs in Burr Ridge and Northbrook, there are Five Seasons facilities in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; in Crestview Hills, Kentucky; and in Indianapolis.

To see a video of the club’s Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 27th, as well as the previous video clips of Diamond and O’Toole taking on–and issuing–the challenge, visit www.facebook.com/FiveSeasonsBurrRidge

To learn more about the Les Turner ALS Foundation, visit http://www.lesturnerals.org/

For more information about Five Seasons, call 630-570-5200 or visit www.FiveSeasonsSportsClub.com/BurrRidge.

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