ST. AUGUSTINE,Â FL â€”Â Approximately 430 people attended theÂ ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeÂ on Saturday, Aug. 23Â atÂ Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium and Ripleyâ€™s Red Train. The event was aÂ Guinness World Records Official Attempt for â€œThe Most People Pouring Ice Water Over their Heads.â€
From aÂ Ripley’s press release:Â The 430 people appears to shatter the old mark of 250, but it will take Guinness World Records a few days to verify the attempt.
All who participated donated $5Â each, which will go to support families in Florida struggling with ALS.Â From ALS.org:Â AmyotrophicÂ lateralÂ sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as â€œLou Gehrigâ€™s Disease,â€ is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Lori Gessner and family members were at Ripley’s on Saturday morning to pay tribute to her father, John R. Wilson, who passed away in 2008Â due toÂ ALS.
Chris Olsen ofÂ www.simplystaugustine.comÂ was there with his five children to remember his grandmother who passed away in 1998 due to the disease.
Ripley’s used a drone to take video of the event, which will be available later today.Â Please look for a link via Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Facebook page:Â www.facebook.com/RipleysBelieveItorNot
According to posts on the Ripley’s St. Augustine facebook page (www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys), the donationÂ amount to ALS is up toÂ $10,000. Ripley’s and The Bailey Group matched funds raised at the event.