Burris Locations Cool Off With The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

When there is an opportunity to help others while having fun, our team is there! A handful of our locations have decided to join in on this summer’s newest trend – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Our teams have added their own twists to the challenge but the purpose is still the same – to raise money and donate to charitable causes while having a little fun cooling off in the hot summer heat.

Interesting Facts about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge:

According to the New York Times, “ALS affects about 30,000 Americans. It is a disease which attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis. The exact cause is not understood and there is no cure or treatment that stops or reverses the disease. The ALS Association said that it had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 until Aug. 21.  In addition, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised awareness of the disease, which the A.L.S. Association said only half of Americans were aware of about a month ago.”

Enjoy the photos and videos!

Burris Elkton

A few of our management team at Burris Elkton accepted the challenge from our friends at BJ’s. Here are a few fun pictures of team accepting the challenge!

Other members of our Elkton team wanted to get in on the fun and raise money too so they did the challenge a few more times.

Burris New Castle

Our New Castle location celebrated their second year as a Custom Facility on 8/20/2014 with a BBQ.  Along with the celebration, the team decided to raise money for their favorite charity, The Ronald McDonald House, by doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Each team member paid $5.00 to have the opportunity to challenge someone.  If the person they challenged declined, that person had to pay $5.00. However, our managers decided that some of their team members work in an environment that really is not conducive to being wet and therefore, for each $5.00 a team member donated, they could challenge a member of the management team and then would be able to dump the tub of ice water on them!  Needless to say this went over exceptionally well.

A very special “thank you” to our entire management team for being good sports in the name of charity. These individuals were challenged from 3 tubs to 6 tubs at a time. We conducted the ice bucket challenge at three different times throughout the course of the day,  9:45 AM, 12:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. This meant that each manager stood there and had however many tubs dumped on them individually.

The best part was that they raised $600 for their charity!

Here are a list of managers and the number of tubs they had dumped on them throughout the course of the day…

Kelly Blackburn – 3+ times
Brian Kiliany (BK) – 6+ times
Chris Robbins – 6+ times
Kevin Powers – 3+ times
John Goetze – 6+ times
Jim Bertuola – 3+ times

Also, they would like to acknowledge and send a special “thank you” to a few team members:

  • Megan Tarpley, Shipping Clerk for New Castle was challenged 4+times, and accepted. GREAT JOB!
  • John Syva, John Goetze, Kevin Powers, Chris Robbins, and Brian Kiliany for their help cooking
  • Kelly Blackburn, Anna May Ottinger for prepping
  • Billy Williams, Randy Marvel for filling up water bottles, and gathering ice bags during the challenges
  • Keya Al-Amin for putting the video collages to together so we could share them with everyone

Everyone of the New Castle team members participated in one way or another and they were proud to celebrated their second anniversary raising money and bonding as a team!

Burris Orlando

Our Orlando team decided to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to the next level with a pool of ice water!

In addition to enjoying the water time, they also made a donation to Team Gleason (www.teamgleason.org) to support those fighting ALS.

Burris Atlanta

Last week, you may remember that Burris New Castle challenged their sister warehouse, Burris Atlanta to follow in their lead of doing the popular ice bucket challenge.  Burris Atlanta happily accepted on Monday and they made sure to have a video camera on hand to capture all the action! I think Onnie Robinson wins the award for slowest pour!

The team had a great time raising money for a good cause 🙂


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