On a hot Friday afternoon at the Jacksonville Municipal Building, three West Central Illinois politicians endured cold temperatures- for a few seconds- for a good cause.
Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, and State Senator Sam McCann all had buckets of ice water dumped over their head as part of the nationwide “Ice Bucket Challenge” viral craze.
The trio donated a $300 check to the ALS Association and announced that the Jacksonville Police and Fire Departments have each donated $200.
Here’s the reaction from Mayor Ezard, who nominated, among others, the detectives of the Jacksonville Police Department, Morgan County State’s Attorney Robert Bonjean, and Judges Chris Reif and Jeffrey Tobin:
“Pandemonium just broke out at City Hall this afternoon,” Ezard joked. “It was a lot of fun and turnout for a great cause. The kids had fun. It’s a community showing support for a terrible disease. It’s a feel-good thing.”
Senator McCann says one of his friends lost a sister to ALS several days ago.
“So, this has an extra significant meaning to me today,” McCann says. “We endured just a split second of discomfort up there to put focus on the fact that there are a lot of folks out there that are in a terrible situation- themselves and their family. This is to call attention to it, and let’s all find a cure.”
McCann nominated Doctors George Schultz, Jim Bowen, and Marshall Hale of Jacksonville and their wives, as well as Dominick and Shannon Casey.
Davidsmeyer called out Kristen Becker Hoffmann of Farmers State Bank, the three commissioners of Morgan County and several friends.
“A lot of people are doing it right now. We just wanted to bring the most awareness we can to ALS and donate personally to this cause,” he says. “Watching other people, it didn’t look half as cold as it was for us,” Davidsmeyer added, acknowledging that he at least got a warm day to do the challenge.
Ezard, Davidsmeyer and McCann were all challenged by the WLDS-WEAI News team and the radio station traffic director on Wednesday.
Also taking the challenge were city aldermen Jenny Geirnaeirt and Bruce McDaniel. Geirnaeirt nominated her husband and children, Franklin School District Superintendent Andy Stremlau, and former state representative Jim Watson.
McDaniel nominated the administrative staff of District 117, including superintendent Steve Ptacek.
You can visit the ALS Association website to donate to research dedicated to ending Lou Gehrig’s disease at www.alsa.org.