After accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge himself, Boise City Councilman T.J. Thomson has challenged fellow Councilman Ben Quintana, Jim Walker of the Boise Fire Department and Mayor David Bieter to follow suit.
Thomson, an Oakland Raiders fan and the City Council's self-appointed health czar, said Tuesday that he accepted the challenge from a friend and from Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie, who encouraged all his team's fans to participate.
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Here's how the challenge works: Somebody issues you the challenge, giving you the option to donate $100 to research on ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, or dump a bucket of ice water on your head. A lot of famous people — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, etc. — have been doing this, and it seems to have been effective.
Ice Bucket Challenge-related donations to the ALS Association have hit $22.9 million so far, according to the group's website.
So far, there's been no response from Mayor Bieter. He's heading to North Carolina Wednesday for a conference with other mayors from across the country, and city officials say it'll be early next week before he responds to Thomson's challenge.