New Canaan resident hosts event for 'the ice bucket guy'
Updated 2:08 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
New Canaan resident Nat Mundy, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Grand Prix New York, recently hosted a bowling fundraising event that raised thousands of dollars to help strike out amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The fundraiser benefited Pat Quinn "Quinn for the Win," co-founder of the much-heralded Ice Bucket Challenge that took social media by storm and raised millions of dollars and awareness for ALS research last summer summer. Quinn, who is from Yonkers, N.Y., was diagnosed with ALS two years ago.
"I could never have imagined what happened last summer," said Quinn at the event. "We were trying to create awareness and have events and raise money and all of a sudden a couple of people were dumping frozen water over their heads."
Former Major League Baseball player, manager and all-time hit leader Pete Rose and motivational speaker and former college athlete Rudy Ruettiger, whose college football career at the University of Notre Dame inspired the 1993 film "Rudy," were on hand for photos and autographs.
"It was an honor to host this event and help raise money for this very important cause," Mundy said. "Pat is an inspiration to us all and we are proud to have helped him on his mission to cure ALS."
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Peter Kelly, a member of Quinn's rugby team, White Plains Rugby Club, who helped organize the event, said donations came pouring in from across the country and people were as excited to meet "the ice bucket guy" as they were to meet Rose and Ruettiger.
"Pat's the headliner," Kelly said. "What's amazing is when you mention the name Pat Quinn, everyone affiliates him with the Ice Bucket Challenge now. There was literally a `Jeopardy' question about Pat. It said Pat Quinn invented this for ALS, and the answer was the Ice Bucket Challenge."