Sen Tartaglione Issues ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Senate Colleagues

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LOOKING like she is having second thoughts, State Sen. Tina Tartaglione uneasily eyes her ice bucket.

LOOKING like she is having second thoughts, State Sen. Tina Tartaglione uneasily eyes her ice bucket.

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) is challenging the city’s State Senatorial delegation to follow her in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

She did so publicly before having a cooler of icewater dumped over her as she spent the day at Wissinoming Park to continue her picnic series with constituents, and hand out free backpacks and school supplies to children.

“Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a chilling surprise, but it was an exhilarating experience – one I will never forget – and I’m glad to be a part of a national movement to help end a dastardly disease,” she said as she challenged State Sens. Mike Stack, Vince Hughes and Anthony Hardy Williams to step up to the ALS plate.

YOUNGSTER tells State Sen. Christine Tartaglione which color school backpack she wants during picnic hosted by Tina.

YOUNGSTER tells State Sen. Christine Tartaglione which color school backpack she wants during picnic hosted by Tina.

Since its impromptu start last month, the Ice Bucket Challenge has generated about $42 million, according to the ALS Foundation. Compared to fundraising efforts during the same time in 2013, that’s 20 times more money raised.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. And, when the motor neurons die, the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movement. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Her picnic at Wissinoming Park was the third district-wide event organized by the Senator. The school supplies handed out to children were donated and collected from businesses and

YOUNGSTERS and adults crowd around Sen. Tina as staffers bring loaded container of ice and water.

YOUNGSTERS and adults crowd around Sen. Tina as staffers bring loaded container of ice and water.

residents during Tartaglione’s recent “Stuff the Bus” event.

“My sincerest thank-you to the businesses and individuals who helped to make these community picnics happen,” the Senator said. “We do this because it’s important to know who we are as a neighborhood. We share common interests and we want our children to learn and succeed.

“We also want to send ALS to the annals of medicinal history, and we hope our Ice Bucket Challenge moved us closer to that, too,” she said.

"THAT'S DEEP!" she said.

“THAT’S DEEP!” she said.


STAFFERS Gizela Burnside and Carmen Sousa kept her distracted as other staffers lifted ice carrier, pouring ice and water on her head.

STAFFERS Gizela Burnside and Carmen Sousa kept her distracted as other staffers lifted ice carrier, pouring ice and water on her head.


SOAKING wet, Tartaglione issued ice-bucket challenge to her State Senate peers from Phila.

SOAKING wet, Tartaglione issued ice-bucket challenge to her State Senate peers from Phila.

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