The water will be a bit colder than usual early Thursday evening at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park in Summit Township.
Splash Lagoon, owned by Scott Enterprises, is hosting what it bills as the largest ALS ice bucket challenge in the nation.
The broader challenge began in July when the family of a Massachusetts man diagnosed with ALS came up with a plan to raise money for research.
They challenged people to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads and to challenge up to three people on social media to do the same or to make a donation to the ALS Association.
Many people, it turns out, are doing both.
The challenge has gone viral, raising more than $15 million in less than a month. That compares with less than $50,000in the same period in 2013.
Splash Lagoon is looking to take the challenge to a new level at 6:15 p.m. Thursday when the water park will dump a 1,000-gallon bucket of cold water on top of more than 50 local leaders.
Nick Scott Sr., president of Scott Enterprises, said, “We are excited and happy to participate in bringing attention to this worthy cause.”
Kelsey Fitch, a spokeswoman for Scott, said local business and political leaders are being asked to donate $50 or more to participate. Scott Enterprises has pledged to match those donations.