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.