Even the business folks are getting into the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Boston-based State Street Corp.’s buttoned-down chief executive Jay Hooley took the plunge Thursday, along with 500 employees in five locations this week. The financial giant said it’s giving $100,000 to the fundraising cause that’s gone viral on Facebook and on Twitter. The video was posted on YouTube Friday.
Hooley was nominated by Granite Telecommunications chief executive Rob Hale Jr., whose 1,000 Quincy workers took the challenge earlier this week and raised $200,000 for the charity. The ALS Association reported today that donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge have reached $53.3 million.
Hooley challenged four executives who work with State Street, including in Europe, to get out their buckets too.
Yesterday, former Bain Capital chief executive Mitt Romney -- you might also remember him as the former governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican presidential candidate -- had a bucket of ice water dumped on him by his former running mate, Wisconsin US Representative Paul Ryan. The strait-laced Romney wore a dark suit, white shirt, and red tie for his dunking.
Romney’s former Bain Capital colleagues also got into the act. Steve Pagluca, Bain Capital’s managing director and co-owner of the Boston Celtics, took the challenge Friday with the help of Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, and point guard Rajon Rondo.