You’ve probably seen a lot of ALS Ice Bucket challenges in the last few weeks. But have you seen many that involve Oscar-worth acting, stunts, props and an international challenge at the end?
Well, we’d like to present Stuart “Steven Spielberg” Ostfeldt and his team from Merrill Gardens Kirkland. Not satisfied with simply dumping a bucket of ice water, Stuart brings us one of the top videos we’ve seen so far. Nice work everyone. That’s a wrap.
For the last few weeks, we’ve watched people develop dramatic or funny videos to support the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We’ve seen kids, adults, celebrities, family members and more take an ice bath to support ALS research.
Our Gilroy, CA community has not only taken the challenge, but also delivers a special message from a resident whose son is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. If you are only somewhat aware of the pain ALS causes patients and family members, this is a video you need to see. Remember, this Facebook phenomenon is not simply about humor – it’s about raising money to find a cure for this devastating affliction.
You’ve probably seen it in your Facebook feed. Maybe you’ve even had the guts to do it.
The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” is a public awareness campaign to raise money to combat the incurable, degenerative disease ALS. The challenge is simple — your friend nominates you to participate via social media. Then you either donate $100 to the ALS Association, the nation’s largest ALS charity, or you take a video of yourself (or someone else) dumping a bucket of ice cold water on your head. Your reward – you get to nominate someone else for the cold shower.
Never one to back down from a challenge, Merrill Gardens President Tana Gall gathered the team. Do they look like they are having fun or what?
Is the fundraiser working nationally? Well last year the ALS Association raised $22,000 during this 2 week period. This year – $1.35 million! That’s a lot of buckets. In fact, the Merrill Gardens corporate team not only took the challenge but made a nice donation as well!
“We’ve seen an explosion in donations in the past week,” said Erin Fleming the group’s associate director. “89 percent of those funds will go directly to research and educational programs — including ground-breaking stem cell and gene silencing research that could provide the first therapy for the disease. “
The challenge has reached everyone, with NFL teams taking a break from training camp to get doused – many of them challenged by the NFL commissioner himself. Here‘s the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks taking part.
Nice work Team Merrill Gardens. Now it’s up to the teams at Merrill Gardens University, Tacoma and Renton to take the bucket and run with it. Good luck!
Sunshine, fine food and great people. It’s the magic combination for summer fun. And the team at The Creekside knows how to throw a fun party. We love these pics from their Friends and Family Barbecue! (Click the photos to enlarge.)
Merrill Gardens doesn’t currently have any communities in Cardiff, Wales. But we may need one soon, because the folks there look like our kind of people.
Meet 77-year-old Jeanette Morris, an accomplished roller girl in the 1950s. Almost 60 years later, Jeanette wanted to take another roll around the track, and her daughter found some folks happy to help.
The perfectly named Boba Fettish and Thrill Collins of The Tiger Bay Brawlers stopped banging on opponents long enough to help Ms. Morris – now nicknamed Big Jeanie – for a practice lap. (Personally, we think Ms. Morris was lucky to have these roller girls on her team and not have to go against them.)