Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students Participate

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Rotary Club recently hosted its 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS Research.

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began nationally five years and not only raised a great deal of money, but also raised awareness of this terrible disease. In Wilmington, we’ve had five families touched by ALS,” said organizer Mike Burns. “ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and is always fatal. Too many of us have been visited by this disease through family, neighbors or friends.”

More than 100 Wilmington residents came out to accept the challenge at Rotary Park on the morning Saturday, August 17, 2019. They each made a monetary donation to The Angel Fund to help fund research to ALS research. They then dumped a bucket full of ice cold water over their heads to display their commitment to finding a cure.

Team Lydon, the family and friends of the Lydon Family of Wilmington, participated. Paul Lydon – the husband of Alice and the father of Joe, Sean, Liam and Molly — passed away from ALS in 2010.  Team Lydon continues to remember Paul, support his family, and raise funds for ALS research.

Many of Wilmington High School’s fall sports teams — including Cheerleading, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Volleyball — once again took part in the event, as did the school’s Boys Hockey team. Cross Country Coach Brian Schell was particularly cold after allowing every one of his players to drench him.

Students from Debi’s Dance Studio got in on the fun, as did members of Wilmington’s Masonic Lodge and Rotary Club.

Several elected officials — including Selectman Greg Bendel, Selectman Jonathan Eaton, Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony, and Town Moderator (and Rotary President) Rob Peterson — participated.

“All monies raised from these events have gone directly to ALS Research via The Angel Fund,” said Mike Burns. “The Rotary Club doesn’t make a nickel on it. Be well assured that the money you donate is going to the cause.”

If you were unable to attend this year’s Ice Bucket Challenge but would like to show your support, donations in any amount can be sent to Wilmington Rotary Club, PO Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887. Donations can also be made online at https://theangelfund.org. If donating online, please type ”Wilmington Rotary” in the form’s message section.

Videos & Photos

Wilmington Community Television was on hand filmed the event. Highlights can be seen in the video below. If you need a laugh, fast forward to the 3:03-mark and the 7:55-mark.

In addition to streaming the event live on Facebook, Wilmington Apple took video of the football teams (seniors & coaches, juniors, sophomores & freshmen) participating:










Below are some photos of the some of the sights from this year’s Ice Bucket Challenge:


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