Lions president issues challenge to town


BEACON FALLS — A local man is using a national phenomenon as a springboard to help a hometown organization.

William Mis, president of the Beacon Falls Lions Club, has challenged the entire town of Beacon Falls, from First Selectman Christopher Bielik to his next door neighbors, to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donate to The Susie Foundation, a Beacon Falls-based ALS nonprofit.

Mis has set a goal of raising $6,000 — one dollar for every Beacon Falls resident — for TSF, which was founded by 26-year-old Ryan Matthews in memory of his mother Susan Ready Matthews, a Beacon Falls resident who died from ALS in 2011.

“We have one of our own that passed away from ALS,” Mis said. “We’re all in this together. It’s all about helping our own and keeping the money local in Beacon Falls and the Valley.”

On Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., Mis has invited residents to Beacon Hose Company No. 1 for a “Bring Your Own Bucket” event, where they will participate in a large-scale Ice Bucket Challenge. Donations will also be collected for TSF.

Mis added that if an individual is unable, for whatever reason, to dump ice-cold water over their head, they will be provided with a bucket of mini marshmallows.

Following the challenge, participants are invited to New Harvest Restaurant in Beacon Falls, where a portion of the proceeds that evening will be donated to TSF.
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