Kansas politicians are used to throwing ice water on each other’s ideas, but this time they threw ice water on themselves.
The occasion was the “ice bucket challenge,” a viral craze that has celebrities, tech executives, politicians and other well-known people across the country dumping buckets of freezing water on their heads to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an incurable and invariably fatal nerve disorder.
The idea behind the challenge is to dare someone to dump icy water over their head and if they chicken out, they have to donate to ALS research. Mostly, people who take the plunge and the ones who dare them make a donation anyway. It has raised millions of dollars for the ALS Association.
National luminaries who have taken the cold shower include home-design maven Martha Stewart, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg, pop heartthrob Justin Timberlake and the USC Song Girls cheer squad.
On Friday, a bipartisan coalition of Wichita-area state, county and city elected officials crossed the ice bucket challenge off their bucket list: County Commissioner Jim Skelton, Democratic legislators Jim Ward, Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Carolyn Bridges, Brandon Whipple and John Carmichael, and Republican lawmakers Steve Anthimides and Les Osterman.
City Council member Janet Miller donated instead of dunking.