The popular and gone-viral “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” continued in New Orleans on Thursday as Adams and Reese Managing Partner Chuck Adams participated in the challenge on the steps of One Shell Square, and the firm made a $1,000 donation to Team (Steve) Gleason and ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
“I’d like to pass on the ice bucket challenge to the President of LSU, F. King Alexander, to my friend Walt Leger, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and to my Nashville Partner Brad Lampley. Have fun guys,” Adams said.
The challenge has raised over $4 million globally to fight this neuromuscular disease, and Adams and Reese has long been a supporter of community organizations, such as ALS, to offer assistance to those in need.
“Steve Gleason is a true hero who suffers from ALS, and his amazing efforts to live with the disease and raise awareness is a cause that is close to our hearts,” said Jeff Brooks, Chairman of the Adams and Reese Executive Committee. “We’re proud of Chuck for accepting the challenge and are happy to make a donation on behalf of Adams and Reese to Team Gleason. This viral campaign lives on as we challenge others to support ALS.”
In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has been performed by people across the nation, from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake, to several NFL teams, coaches, and many media anchors and celebrities. In the last two weeks, the ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. Since July 29, The Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.
On September 25, 2006, Steve Gleason was responsible for one of the most dramatic moments in Saints history, when he blocked a punt in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons, which was recovered in the Falcons’ end zone for a touchdown. It was the first score in the Saints’ first home game in nearly 21 months, following Hurricane Katrina.
In January 2011, three years after his retirement, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Today, Steve and his foundation are deeply committed to helping people with ALS live productive, inspired lives by providing access to life-affirming events and assistive technology until a cure is found.
The ALS Association is one of the more than 200 organizations that the Adams and Reese employee volunteer program, also known as HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support), donates thousands of hours and untold dollars to offer communities “hands on” activities and assistance to those less fortunate. Whether in the form of special events or participation in agency-sponsored fundraisers, Adams and Reese employees and attorneys are known throughout the region and the nation for their community action.
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with more than 340 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms – “The Am Law 200”. The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the “NLJ 350” list of the nation’s largest law firms.