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On August 15, 2014, Venable attorneys and staff gathered on the roof of the firm’s Washington, DC office to accept the ALS ice bucket challenge and raise money for ALS research. Partner Damon Wright led the 40-person line of participants in a full suit and challenged neighboring law firms, the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals to accept the challenge or donate to ALS research.

The challenge was dedicated to Venable partner Michael Gollin who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Gollin called the event “Beautiful,” adding, “Wish I could watch it live but happy I won’t get doused. What a great idea.” In all, Venable raised over $2,000 for ALS research during the challenge. National Law Journal featured news of the event and Venable’s challenge to its neighbors in an August 15 article.