KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Members of the Kennebunkport Police Department met and exceeded the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday.
Outside of the police headquarters Friday, a highway department front end loader doused six members of the department with gallons of ice cold water — for a total of eight seconds.
The department was challenged Thursday by staff at the York County Coast Star, who completed the Ice Bucket Challenge outside of the Star offices on Main Street in Kennebunk.
In turn, the Kennebunkport Police Department challenged the Secret Service at Walker’s Point — the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush — as well as the Berwick Police Department, security at the University of New England and the dental office where Kennebunkport Police Chief Craig Sanford said his wife works.
According to the ALS Association, “The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS charity of their choice, or do both.”
The challenge, which was started by Massachusetts resident Pete Frates, who has ALS, has gone global, with celebrities and even former presidents participating.
On Wednesday, former President George W. Bush took the challenge in Kennebunkport at his family’s Walker’s Point home, issuing a challenge to friend and former President Bill Clinton in turn.
Also taking the challenge in the Kennebunks was actor Charles Shaughnessy, who played the father on the television sitcom “The Nanny,” who completed the challenge at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk while in town filming for a PBS production to air this winter.
According to the ALS Association, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, more than $53.5 million has been raised in donations compared with $2.2 million during the same time period last year — July 29 to Aug. 21.