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Attorney General Kilmartin Takes "Ice Bucket Challenge to Raise Awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island

Kilmartin calls on US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth, RI State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnell and Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson to also take the challenge

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and several members of the Attorney General's staff today took the "ice bucket challenge" to raise awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island. Kilmartin and five staff members were doused by Special Olympic athletes with ice cold water.

The "ice bucket challenge" is a viral campaign that raises awareness and monies for causes or non-profit organizations. The concept is simple: either douse or donate. As people accept the challenge and video themselves doing it, they call out others. The goal is to raise awareness, and money, for charity. Those challenged have 24 hours to do the challenge, donate to a charity, or both.

"Although I'm not thrilled to be doused with a bucket of freezing cold water, it's for a terrific cause," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "This is a lighthearted way to highlight the positive impact Special Olympics has on so many families and athletes in our state. I also want to thank the staff from my office, not only for their dedication in volunteering for Special Olympics, but also for joining me in the challenge today."

Attorney General Kilmartin called on US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth, Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnell, Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson and Assistant Attorney General James Baum to also take the challenge. Law enforcement in Rhode Island has long supported the Special Olympics. Marshal Hainsworth, who was on hand for the event, immediately accepted the challenge and was doused with ice cold water.

Attorney General Kilmartin chose to support the Special Olympics with the "ice bucket challenge" in honor of the Office's longstanding relationship with the organization. Several staff members volunteer with Special Olympic athletes throughout the year, and for the past several years the Office has been a sponsor of the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

"We're very excited and honored to have Attorney General Kilmartin take on the 'ice bucket challenge' to raise awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island. Attorney General Kilmartin has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics and we appreciate his time and commitment to our Movement," said Dennis Dejesus, executive director of Special Olympics Rhode Island.

Office of Attorney General employees who took the ice bucket challenge include Special Assistant Attorneys General Kim Ahern, Kate Brody, Rob Johnson, Peter Roklan, and Administrative Assistant Cynthia Limoges

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