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Cumberland Times-News - 2/28/2017

Feb. 28--CUMBERLAND -- A chilly day got a lot colder for several officials at Allegany County Board of Education who took part in an ice bucket challenge Monday to raise funds for charity.

David Cox, superintendent of schools, and seven school employees were drenched with icy water outside the Central Office on Washington Street to raise money for Special Olympics.

Shrieks of laughter and calls of "slow pour" were heard as officials stepped forward one by one to have a 5-gallon bucket of ice water poured over their heads.

Joining Cox for the ice bucket challenge were Nil Grove, chief technology officer; Larry McKenzie, finance director; Eric Van Slyke, science supervisor; Tammy Fraley, school board member; John Logsdon, Title 1 supervior; Jason Huber, technology specialist; and Mia Cross, public information officer.

"We're calling it the Hooley Dump," said Cross. "We made an arrangement that if we raise $150, Doctor Cox would do the Hooley Dump. Then in $50 increments we had some other brave souls that agreed to get dumped on."

The 1:30 p.m. event raised more than $800 for the cause as officials raised the donation level set to place them under the bucket. Curtis Gomer, head custodian for the school system, poured the buckets from a porch platform as the participants stood at ground level.

The 13th annual Hooley Plunge is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Rocky Gap State Park. Cox said he would be traveling that day so he wanted to help by participating in Monday's event.

"I'm happy to take part," said Cox. "It's my eighth year. This is to raise funds for the Hooley and for our unified sports and activities for our students with disabilities."

The school board also holds an annual luncheon with all of the proceeds benefiting the Hooley Plunge.

"I wanted to support it," said Fraley. "I'm doing the Hooley Plunge Saturday, but I wanted to help here to raise a little bit more money."

Murray Gornall is co-chair, along with Rob Adams of Adams Family Funeral Home, for the Hooley Plunge.

"It's really great to see everyone come together," said Gornall. "It shows what this kind of support can do for our community."

Gornall said everything is set for Saturday's plunge.

"The weather Saturday is looking to be 61 degrees," said Gornall. "Everything is in place. The plunge is at 1 p.m. Registration is at 10 a.m., but it's best to get there early. People tend to show up at the same time."

Gornall said Danny and Jodi Malamis and the Malamis family will participate again this year. The Malamis family contributed $50,000 at last year's plunge. Gormall said the Malamis family will donate $100,000 this year if the plunge reaches the $100,000 level in contributions.

Danny Malamis is a franchisee for Jersey Mike's Subs. According to Hooley Plunge officials, the Malamis family is moving forward on plans to open a center called "Luke's Place." Land in LaVale has been purchased with plans to construct a facility for developmentally disabled children at the site.

Follow staff writer Greg Larry on Twitter @GregLarryCTN.

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