Ice Bucket Challenge goes viral with mayors calling out other community leaders

Washington County is getting into the Ice Bucket Challenge.

This past week, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Tigard Mayor John L. Cook and Tigard City Manager Marty Wine doused themselves in icy water as part of a viral marketing campaign to raise money to cure Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

For weeks, videos of people soaking themselves with icy water have taken over social media. The campaign is the most successful fundraiser in history for ALS research, netting more than $80 million since July, according to the ALS Association.

Cook was nominated for the challenge by Doyle, who posted a video online Aug. 20. Doyle challenged every Washington County mayor, as well as U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, to donate to the ALS Association and post a video of themselves taking the challenge.

As of Monday, Bonamici, Merkley and Cook had accepted Doyle’s challenge. In addition, Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall and City Councilors Bill Butterfield, Krisanna Clark and Linda Henderson have also participated in the challenge.

In a short video posted to his Facebook page on Aug. 21, Cook took a few minutes out of his vacation last week to take the challenge, and then did some nominating of his own, calling on Tigard City Manager Marty Wine and others to support the effort.

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