From Benedict Cumberbatch to Tom Cruise, celebrities have been getting in on the fun and giving of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But it's Patrick Stewart's quiet take that's one of my favorites.  

While everyone else has been dumping buckets of water on their heads (some less successfully than others), Stewart opts for the more restrained and classy approach. It's yet another highlight for the fundraising phenomenon that in only three weeks has raised more than $53.3 million for the ALS Association, which raises money and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease made famous by Lou Gehrig that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. During the same time span in 2013, the group raised $2.2 million.

"This attention cannot come at a better time — the excitement in ALS research has grown exponentially," Jennifer Hjelle, executive director of the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota ALS Association chapter, told the SCTimes. "They are having success in identifying various genes in ALS research. It's giving them clues and pathways to a potential treatment.

"Now that we have had a boost in financial support, we can really accelerate this research."

Check out Stewart's contribution below. 

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Patrick Stewart's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge keeps it classy
No words are necessary when Patrick Stewart takes the popular Ice Bucket Challenge.