Southington-Cheshire YM ice bucket challenge raises money for campers

Southington-Cheshire YM ice bucket challenge raises money for campers

CHESHIRE –The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA held its 4th Annual Ice Bucket challenge Saturday at Bartlem Park.

Campers and parents gathered to watch members of the YMCA board of directors, team coaches and Board of Education members drenched by buckets of cold water and ice.

Chrissy Cassesse, coordinator of the bucket challenge, said the event is held every year to raise money for summer camp scholarships. She said the challenge was inspired by the ALS ice bucket challenge, started four years ago.

“We’re hoping to give kids that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to camp in the community to have a wonderful summer,” said Cassesse.

Leslie Lowary, a fitness instructor, said that she has worked at the YMCA for almost two years, but this was her first year participating in the challenge.

“My kids were able to go to camp because of the scholarship provided by the Y and I thought it was time to give back so I donated and I’m going to be here doing the challenge,” Lowary said.

Russell Hinckley, principal of Doolittle School, decided to participate while wearing a suit and tie.

“It’s a great cause,” said Hinckley, “It’s a fun activity to dress up on this beautiful day we have.”

Participants in the challenge were required to donate a minimum entry fee of $50 and attendees were also encouraged to donate. According to Cassesse, the YMCA was able to raise a total of $5,000 through the bucket challenge.

 “Are there any kids that’d like to dunk ice cold water on their coach?,” asked Cassesse, as she counted down to the moment campers poured buckets of ice water over counselors and coaches.

Cassesse said that every other time they have held the bucket challenge the weather has not been as favorable.

“It’s fifty-five degrees outside,” said Cassesse. “But the water is still cold.”

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