ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Progress


October Chapter Highlights

2019 October Enews

It all started with a bucket.

Well, a bucket filled with ice water. And a challenge. And anyone that knows Mascaro knows we don’t turn away from a challenge. In 2014, Mascaro was tasked to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Getting soaked for the cause was a great way to support the efforts of the ALS Association. The Mascaro Family was aware of the disease due to the loss of Jean Mascaro – the mother of Jack Mascaro, founder and chairman of the company. But as the Ice Bucket Challenge took the world by storm, everyone was learning about the disease, everyone was being challenged, and everyone was accepting.

The amount of the donations that flooded in (no pun intended) from the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, provided finances to invest in more research and better technologies, as well as to assist in the care and support of those individuals and families affected by ALS.

Over the years, Mascaro has accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge and went on to challenge Henderson Brothers in 2014, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, and Schneider Downs in 2016. As the Ice Bucket Challenge evolved into the CEO Soak, Mascaro stood proudly in the PPG Place Plaza Fountain to get drenched.

As our five-year sponsorship continues, we participate in the ALS Walk every year. And every year, we are always amazed at the number of people that turn out for the walk. Every year it continues to grow and as one waits to pass the starting line, one can’t help but feel the strength of numbers.

People of every color, age, and size wearing their Unlock ALS Lanyards: yellow, blue, white, and red. Those colors don’t divide, they unite in a common fight against ALS. We walk in the hopes that maybe one day there will be a new lanyard color….one for the first survivor of ALS.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was only the beginning. Until a cure is found, we will continue to do what is right and make a difference. And in doing so, we challenge you. After all, a lot can happen thanks to a bucket.

2019 Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS® Recap!

It has been 5 years since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept the nation, but we sure haven't let our momentum die! On September 14, 2019 over 2,400 people and 185 teams joined together at Point State Park to Walk to Defeat ALS®. So far, over $551,000 has been raised, exceeding our inital goal of $524,000 for the event!

Special thank to all of the sponsors, walkers, and volunteers who made this event such a huge success!


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ALS Mobility Symposium!

Come out on Saturday, October 12 to learn what mobility can mean for you! Our free Mobility Symposium is open to all people living with ALS, families, and guests. Topics include: "Physical Therapy and Mobility" with guest speaker Ian Lonich, PT, DPT, a Board -Certified specialist in Neurologic PT at Allegheny Health Network, "Basics of Mobility" with President of Laurel Medical Solutions, John Letizia, ATP, CAPS, CEAC, and "Advancements in Mobility Technology" with Quantum Rehab representatives. Come prepared to see, touch, and demo the latest in mobility technology and to learn about the i-Drive eyegaze-contolled powerchair and the Quantum Stretto 21" wide powerchair!


Event is from 1:00-4:00PM at the RLA Learning and Conference Center in Cranberry Twp, PA. 

RSVP to Sandra Thompson at or call 412-821-3254.


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ALL in for ALS Football Game

Join us at 12 noon on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at Tullio Field for the Mercyhurst vs. Gannon ALL in for ALS Football game! Donations will be accepted in leiu of admission and all proceeds will benefit The ALS Associaiton. 



12 Bars of Charity Holiday Pub Crawl

Looking for a fun way to give back this holiday season? This year, we're happy to announce that we've been invited to participate as one of the eight local charities in the 2019 12 Bars of Charity Pittsburgh Pub Crawl! 

The event will take place on December 13, 2019 from 8PM-12AM. With your purchase of a ticket you will recieve:

- A Charity TEAM Color Sweatshirt (super comfy - trust us!)
- $15 donation to the charity of your choice 
- FREE Shuttle Rides to take you to 12+ Bars
- Drink Specials at All 12+ Bars
- Free Admission at all 12+ Bars

So, round up a group of friends, pick a charity to support and get signed up for the 12 Bars of Charity!


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2020 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Registration is now open for this year's Pittsburgh Marathon! So, this year, don't just run, run for a reason. With just under seven months until race day, now is the time to join Team Challenge ALS and start training for the big day! 

Please note: The registration process has changed this year! Follow our how-to guide to register for a charity here: 




Thanks again to our 2019 Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS® Sponsors!

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