Update for August 28, 2014

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Hondo joins national social media frenzy

Last week, Medina Electric Cooperative took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raising initiative that has gone viral over the past two months, as ordinary people as well as celebrities participate throughout the country. The nationwide effort benefits Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) a progressive, degenerative disease for which there is at present no cure. The Huffington Post reported that $88.5 million had been raised so far for the ALS Association in the social media project.

Participants are challenged by another person or group who has done the challenge. Medina Electric Cooperative “called out” Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce who answered the call, then threw down the gauntlet to Hondo National Bank, Castroville Chamber of Commerce (see photo page 3B) and Uvalde Chamber of Commerce. The Devine News was challenged by the Anvil Herald’s Diane Cosgrove, vice president of the chamber board, who participated in memory of Judy Tompkins and Dixie Fite, two Hondo women who succumbed to ALS.

Hondo Public Library was challenged by Austin Davis, son of Hondo Assistant City Manager Kim Davis. Library staff accepted the challenge in memory of Douglas Bohmfalk, who died of ALS in 2000. His widow, Fanelle, was present for the event. Their challenge went to Medina County JP GLenn Klaus, who is unable to participate due to judicial rules about fundraising; Jennifer Adlong, secretary to Medina County Judge Jim Barden and Janie Rodriguez, central checkout manager at H-E-B.

As JP Klaus was unable to accept, his secretary, Andrea Pope, drew the challenge and braved an ice chest full of twice-chilled water, dumped over her head by her loving husband, Kris Pope, and her very relieved boss. She challenged Bobby Alvarez of Alvarez Electric, county baliff Andy Perez, Shanna Curiel, coordinator for Medina County Court At Law and Janna Heilig, deputy clerk for Medina County Court At Law.

Hondo Cafe staff also took the challenge, pouring large buckets of water and ice over their heads, then three of them, Nathan Hernandez, Robert Billalobos and Domingo Torres, hopped into a pickup load of icy water waiting in the parking lot. They called out Heavy’s BBQ, Corrigan’s Air (hangar crew) and Hondo Dairy Queen.

See photos 1A of The Hondo Anvil Herald.




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