Mark Wahlberg, more notable figures accept ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Mark Wahlberg attended the press conference for the premiere  of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on June 22  in Shanghai, China.
Mark Wahlberg attended the press conference for the premiere of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on June 22 in Shanghai, China.Hong Wu/Getty Images for Paramount

People all over New England and beyond are continuing the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease, including notable figures like Dorchester's own Mark Wahlberg and family, and former Celtics player Larry Bird. Actress Zoe Saldana even revealed her pregnancy while explaining that her husband, Marco Perego, would take the challenge in her place.

Lindsay Lohan showed up on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" so Fallon could pour ice water on her after she called out a few folks, including Jared Leto and Prince Harry.


Former President George W. Bush took part with wife Laura Bush earlier this week after they were challenged by their daughter, Jenna Bush Hager.

Boston-based supermodel Gisele Bundchen helped raise awareness for the disease by posting a video of herself dumping water over her own head, and Cambridge native Ben Affleck took the challenge with help from wife Jennifer Garner. Other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez have participated as well. Patriots owner Bob Kraft helped Jon Bon Jovi complete his challenge.

More well-known figures like Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates of Microsoft fame didn't shy away from what has become a viral phenomenon.

The ALS Association reported to the Globe a significant year-over-year spike in donations from July 29 through Aug. 21. The donations the organization received association-wide, which includes national and chapter revenue, totaled $41.8 million, compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year. The association reported that these donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors.

Facebook's data team reported the challenge originated in the Boston area, largely spurred by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who used this particular challenge to raise money for ALS. Frates was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.


The way the #icebucketchallenge works is this: Dump ice water over your head, film it, use social media to challenge others, or donate $100 to a charity.

Watch as these famous faces douse themselves in chilly water for ALS awareness.

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