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Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Native Pat Quinn Announce 2018 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Post Date:07/12/2018 9:42 AM

Mayor's News

YONKERS, NY – July 11, 2018 -- Mayor Mike Spano today, along with City of Yonkers-native Pat Quinn, announced the 2018 Yonkers ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will take place on Saturday, August 4th at Empire City Casino.  The event is open and free for all ages.  Festivities include music, face painting, balloon artists and more beginning at 1:00 p.m. trackside, in anticipation of hundreds of participants simultaneously dumping ice-water over their heads in support of Quinn, diagnosed with ALS and one of the co-founders of the global phenomena Ice Bucket Challenge.  The challenge hopes to once again be a viral social media movement throughout the month of August to benefit ALS research.  The public is encouraged to pre-register online prior to the event at

“Pat Quinn’s fight and determination to combat this horrible disease has been so inspirational and we are proud to join him in that effort,” said Mayor Spano.  “Pat and his organization “Quinn For The Win” have courageously and selflessly turned his battle with ALS into one of the most successful social media fundraising movements this world has ever seen.  We encourage any and all to join us on August 4th for a great day of family fun at Empire City Casino.”

Pat Quinn commented, "I'm so grateful for the continued support from Mayor Mike Spano and the entire City of Yonkers.  I'm extremely proud to know “Quinn for the Win” and Yonkers continue to fight ALS together.  We live by the mantra, ‘Every August Until A Cure.’  There is greater hope within the ALS community now than ever before because of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but we can't stop now.  We still have no cure for ALS.   Please join me August 4th at Empire City Casino to kick off the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Yonkers.”

This is the fourth year the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will take place at Empire City Casino.  Empire City is donating the entire set-up and staffing, nearly 1,300 pounds of ice, entertainment and giveaways to the first 500 attendees.  

“We are excited and proud to be involved in such an important effort,” said Tim Rooney, President & CEO of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. “ALS is a devastating illness, and continuing to raise awareness and research funds is vital.”

Mayor Spano added, “Special thanks to our partners at Empire City Casino for committing to the cause and once again being such good neighbors to Yonkers. We are proud that our Yonkers community is joining forces to support Pat Quinn and others fight ALS.”

Donations are not required to participate. Proceeds from the event will be donated to “Quinn For The Win,” which benefits Pat Quinn’s personal care, as well as numerous non-profit ALS research organizations.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  ALS, a disease with no known cure, usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70.  Approximately 20,000 Americans currently suffer from the disease. 

Yonkers native, Pat Quinn, 35 years old, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2013. For more information on Pat and his fight against ALS, go to

Registration for all participants is available at