Ice Cold: City manager, DMS staff take an icy bath for charity

Savannah Chastain | The Log

In following with a nationwide fundraising campaign called the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, this week saw City Manager Greg Kisela and Destin Middle School Principal Charles Marello take the icy plunge.

 Marello told The Log that every Okaloosa County principal had been challenged by superintendant Mary Beth Jackson to take the ALS challenge on Monday.

“Ruckel Middle School beat us to the punch and also put it to us so we were kind of double-up challenged,” said Marello who was joined by 15 faculty members in his completion of the challenge.

The end of the school day Monday, saw almost the entire student body surrounding the principal and other faculty members to watch the challenge.

When asked if the icy water surprised him, Marello replied, “It wasn’t so much the temperature that surprised me, but some of the ice clumped together, and I felt a huge chunk of ice hit me in the back of the head. It was a bit more painful then I expected.”

 Marello extended the challenge to Bruner Middle School in Fort Walton Beach and Eglin Elementary School.

City Manager Greg Kisela was challenged by Destin Log editor, Matt Algarin and said he had been expecting the call out to come his way.

“I was pleased to be able to provide support to such a great cause,” said Kisela. “Many people suffer from this terrible disease and this is just a small way to provide some support to it.” Kisela continued the challenge to his staff members Web Warren and Brag Farmer.

To watch Kisela take the challenge CLICK HERE