Chances are if you've logged into Facebook for just five minutes over the past week, you've seen the viral video sensation known as the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. In these videos, participants nominate their friends to either perform the challenge or donate $100 to ALS research. The purpose of these videos are to spread awareness about ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), and so far the challenge has been incredibly successful.
According to the ALS Association, ALS donations from the period of July 29th to August 12th, the period when the craze came about, was $4 million dollars. In 2013, donations during that same time period were at $1.12 million, or $2.88 million less than 2014. Since July 29, the ALS reports that it has received more than 70,000 new donors.
But one of the funniest parts of the Ice Bucket Challenge is watching famous faces take on the onslaught of cold water to raise ALS awareness. Check out the videos below to see notable celebrities and figures performing the challenge. And make sure to send us videos of you performing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger took the challenge, nominating three familiar characters: Olivia Pope (ABC's Scandal), Peter Quill (Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy) and Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the challenge and then sent out a nomination to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Chris Christie video
Here you can see Mark Zuckerberg not backing down to Christie, and putting in a nomination for another tech guru, Bill Gates.
Mark Zuckerberg video
Bill Gates doesn't let down to Zuck, designing a much more efficient ice bucket mechanism.
Bill Gates video
Justin Timberlake video
Keith Urban video
Martha Stewart video
Aaron Rodgers video
Denis Leary video
Learn more about ALS at the link below.
Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake, Martha Stewart and others do the Ice Bucket Challenge