Watch Mayor Marty Walsh Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Mayor Marty Walsh became the latest public official to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, treating himself to an icy shower in City Hall Plaza Friday afternoon.
Joined by former Boston College baseball captain and challenge co-creator Pete Frates, Chief of Staff Dan Koh, and various members of his administration, Walsh challenged state Attorney General Maura Healey, New York City Mayor (and noted Red Sox fan) Bill de Blasio, and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to take the polar plunge themselves.
Perhaps a nod to the kerfuffle over the “Free Brady” shirt Gov. Charlie Baker wore while taking the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this week, Walsh wore a “Free Baker” shirt bearing the governor’s likeness (his glamour shot from an October 2014 Boston magazine shoot, to be exact). “Seeing as how the governor called me out on it, I figured we’re going to free him from something,” Walsh smiled. “I’m not sure what we’re freeing him from yet, but we’re going figure that out later.”
Last year, the near-ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $115 million for ALS research, care services, and public policy programs. Now in it’s second year, the campaign hopes to keep the momentum going, aiding the search for a cure.
“It’s great. The first time I did it, somebody dumped the water on me, and they kind of missed me, so it went down my back,” Walsh said. “This time, there was no missing at all. Just a full drenching. Good way to start the weekend.”