MONTPELIER -- The chilling phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge reached the highest levels of state government Thursday in Montpelier.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, were the latest volunteers to take a cold shower to promote awareness and raise money for the ALS Association and its fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.
Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon and workers from the departments of transportation and buildings and grounds emptied four, five-gallon buckets of ice water on the suit-wearing politicians on the Statehouse steps.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which has rained on celebrities from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake, challenges others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours.
Since the challenge began on July 29, the ALS Association says it has received $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.
Shumlin and Scott challenged all Vermonters to make a contribution to ALS or another charity of their choosing. The two men contributed $100 each to the ALS cause.