If you've been anywhere near social media lately, you've probably heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge, a campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Participants are challenged to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads, and/or donate $100 to an ALS-related organization. The degenerative condition more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease is ultimately fatal, and while the challenge has been criticized as a feel-good stunt, several nonprofits are reporting significant increases in donations. When these concrete and construction pros from across the nation participated, they went BIG! Fair warning, in the interest of safety and saving water, it's probably best to just use a regular bucket.
When Barb and Joel Alford were nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, they went big. Both mother and son work for Ozinga, based in the Chicago area, and decided to use Joel’s concrete mixer. The video has received more than 26,000 hits on YouTube and received national news coverage.
Chaney Enterprises also used a concrete mixer.
Here's how the team at Empire Cat did it. Empire’s President & CEO Jeff Whiteman challenged Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman, Vice President Pablo Koziner and Group President Stu Levenick.
Briegan Concrete also got creative.
Caterpillar dealer Carter Machinery more than lived up to the challenge by Cleveland Brothers, another Caterpillar dealer. After getting dumped with ice water from a huge truck, they made a donation in honor of two team members that passed away from ALS: Steve Bussey and Mike Lundy. Ten dollars will be contributed for each Carter employee, totaling more than $11,000.
Dennis Heller President of Stephenson Equipment took the ALS Bucket Challenge at the company's Harrisburg, Pa., location using a JCB wheel loader.
Employees at The Wm. Winkler Co. in Newman Lake Wash. took the challenge and got splashed by owner Brian Winkler using a Cat 988 bucket.
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