Barrington’s team taking part in the upcoming Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk for Life has seen a surge in donations as Ice Bucket Challenges ripple throughout the community. With weeks left to give before the September 21st walk, the team has already surpassed their goal of raising $100,000 and reached about $115,000 in funds raised to date! The Barrington 220 Board of Education added to the momentum by taking the challenge during half-time at Barrington High School’s varsity football game against Jacobs Friday night.
As James Owen reports, well known business and community leaders gathered at the gazebo to get soaked for the cause, spreading the challenge to dozens of others throughout the community.
Barrington’s team taking part in the upcoming Les Turner ALS Walk for life is called Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade and they’re walking on behalf of a Barrington father-of-two who was diagnosed with ALS in June of 2011. The team currently consists of 145 members who will represent Barrington during the September 21st walk at Soldier Field. Team leader, Sue Randall was among the first to take the Ice Bucket challenge locally when she stepped up to get the bucket in early August.
Pat and Vince Foglia of the Foglia Family Foundation wrote the Les Turner ALS Foundation a $50,000 check yesterday in a donation promised to match the team’s first $50,000 raised. During the team’s first year taking part in the ALS Walk for Life last year, Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade raised $80,000. At $115,000, they’ve broken records for the most money raised by a team in Chicago’s walk and the fundraising continues. CLICK HERE to learn more, to sign up or to contribute to the cause and enjoy this video of the Barrington 220 school board getting soaked for ALS before a packed stadium at BHS. (Video courtesy of BHS-TV’s Ravi Khurana and teacher, Jeff Doles.)