Winnebago’s Potts Takes ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

August 22, 2014 by · Comments Off on Winnebago’s Potts Takes ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ 


Winnebago's Randy Potts raises money for ALS taking the ice bucket challenge

Winnebago’s Randy Potts raises money for ALS taking the ice bucket challenge

While the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” craze roars — or splashes — on, Winnebago Industries Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts took the challenge in an unusual way today (Aug. 22) – in the company’s motorhome water test booth. 

Potts challenged the rest of the Winnebago executive team, who, after seeing Potts get drenched, declined to participate in the water.

As a result of the team declining the challenge, Winnebago Industries made a donation of $1000 to the ALS organization.

The ice bucket challenge phenomenon has been raising money to support research into Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative condition.

Participants have a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads and publicly challenge another person or group of people to do the same — or to decline by donating money to fund ALS research.

On August 21, the New York Times reported that the ALS Association had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 through Aug. 21.

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NextGear Executives Join Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, 2014 by · Comments Off on NextGear Executives Join Ice Bucket Challenge 

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 4.10.28 PMThe executive team from NextGear Capital, the largest independent inventory finance company in North America, recently took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise donations and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In addition to participating in the challenge, NextGear Capital, based in Carmel, Ind., also pledged $5,000 towards the ALS Foundation.

“At NextGear Capital, we believe in making a difference and giving back to others, whether that’s in our community or globally,” said Brian Geitner, president. “ALS has affected many across the world, and we want to do our part to help find a cure for this disease.”

This challenge, which has lit social media on fire, goes like this: People make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on social media and either challenge friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS.

Between June 1 and Aug. 13, more than 1.2 million videos have been shared on Facebook, while #IceBucketChallenge has been mentioned more than 2.2 million times on Twitter, according to both sites. Additionally, the ALS Foundation has received $15.6 million in donations between July 29 and Aug. 18, a 767% increase over last year.

The five NextGear Capital executives each called out three Cox Automotive executives to take part in the challenge as well in hopes of spreading the cause throughout the companies and raising even more money for ALS.

You can view the video of the NextGear Capital Ice Bucket Challenge here.

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