Locals in cold water for a cause

By Joseph Pratt

June 6, 2014

Joseph Pratt


Over the course of 24 hours, professionals, friends and coworkers all over Scioto County were “called out” to take the 24 hour cold-water challenge. Once called out, the person must accept or decline the challenge to jump in a body of water or have water thrown on them before the end of a 24-hour ticking clock.

Typically, those who accept the challenge pay $10 to a charity of their choice and those who decline has to pay $100 to a charity of their challenger’s choice. However, the locals that were called to take the cold-water challenge at Daymar College were all pooling funds together for the Rocky Duncan Memorial Scholarship through UCAN and the Scioto Foundation.

The idea to create the giant 24 hour cold-water challenge came from Daymar career services representative Mike Bell, who started off by calling out the names of 15-20 people.

“I got called out myself by Union township Fire Department. After I thought about it, I knew I had to do it, but I decided to make it a little bit bigger,” Bell explained.

Duncan was a firefighter with the New Boston Fire Department and passed away in 2012.

“Rocky was a fantastic person, and I’m going off just by my experiences talking to him. You then meet people who knew him and they all say he was just full of life,” Bell said. “He was involved in sports and coaching kids. He was an educator who taught kids how to have a better life.”

Some of the names called out included Magistrate Mike Jones, all of New Boston Council, all of Portsmouth City Council and more.

Some of the participants to show up for the challenge included Daily Times writer Wayne Allen, Lisa Roberts of the Portsmouth Health Department and Jones who showed up, after a quick change from his suit.

Over the course of 24 hours, the fundraiser was thrown together quickly and raised $170, with an expectancy of more to come in.

“I think it is a fantastic thing. It is something to be able to have fun with, while bringing money in for a fantastic cause,” Bell said. “I am big about education and giving kids more opportunities for an accessible higher education. That was when I realized we could utilize the Rocky Duncan foundation to do so. It really continues the legacy of education and the memory of a great man.”

Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.