COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley's children got to drench their mom in ice cold water without the fear of punishment.

Haley participated in the ALS Association's "Ice Bucket Challenge," a campaign launched through social media in an effort to bring awareness to the debilitating neurodegenerative disease. The disease is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

In a video posted on Haley's YouTube account this morning, the Palmetto State's governor responds to the challenge by a professor of the University of South Carolina to participate in the awareness campaign. She also issues a challenge to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and to comedian Stephen Colbert.

After issuing the challenge, Haley's children, Rena and Nalin, poured ice water on their mom.

The ice bucket challenge has boosted donations toward finding a cure for ALS, according to a news release by the association. The ALS Association has received $4 million in donations so far, compared to $1.12 million this time last year.