Brick Police Chief Rick Bergquist, Business Administrator Joanne Bergin and Councilman Paul Mummolo are the latest township officials to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has swept the nation in recent weeks to raise awareness and funding to fight ALS.
As part of the challenge, when tagged by someone, you can pour a bucket of ice water over your head and donate $10 toward ALS, or refuse the water pouring and be on the hook for a $100 donation.
Bergquist, Bergin and Mummolo were tagged by Mayor John Ducey, who took a bucket of water poured over his head at last Thursday’s Summerfest celebration.
Bergquist tagged Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little in the challenge. Mummolo tagged Councilwoman Susan Lydecker and Bergin tagged Public Works Director Glenn Campbell and a number of other township employees.
While some have brushed off the challenge as being silly, it has worked in generating money towards ALS. According to the ALS Association, between July 29 and Aug. 12, the association and its 38 chapters have received $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year, adding over 70,000 donors.