President Stuart Rabinowitz accepted the ice bucket challenge today to raise awareness and funds for ALS research, and nominated three well-known Hofstra alumni to follow suit.
President Rabinowitz, who was nominated by North Shore-LIJ Health System President and CEO Michael Dowling, in turn called on Academy Award winning director and producer Francis Ford Coppola, BA, ’60; bestselling author Nelson DeMille, BA, ‘70, and Yankees baseball club president Randy Levine , JD, ’80.
“I am president of a university that has a student body that is as altruistic and charitable as any college in America, ” said the President, right before being doused with ice water by Hofstra mascots Kate and Willie in front of Hofstra Hall. He will also make a financial donation to the cause.
The ice bucket challenge has so far raised more than $40 million for research to find a cure for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Watch the President take on the ice bucket challenge: