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Published September 30, 2010, 09:20 PM

Free Ice Cream For A Good Cause

Kids involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation scooped up ice cream for a good cause across the nation, including in Grand Forks.

It was the largest ice cream social in the world.

Kids involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation scooped up ice cream for a good cause across the nation, including in Grand Forks.

This is the 8th year Cold Stone Creamery has held the event. Families that Make-A-Wish has helped come out to support the cause.

With each scoop, sprinkle and shake more money is raised for a good cause.

"You come in and get a free scoop of ice cream. All the money raised tonight goes towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation." Cold Stone Creamery Franchise Owner Anthony Mooney said.

Money purely raised by donations at Cold Stone Creamery which brought in almost 2-thousand dollars last year just in the Grand Forks store.

"Makes the community aware of what Make-A-Wish does. Let's them come out. We have Wish kids here tonight. Let's the community get to meet those kids." Rod Reamy said.

Parents like Ann Bailey, whose daughter is in remission from Leukemia, say Make-A-Wish gives back some of what is missed.

"She had to go to emergency rooms all the time because she'd catch a fever, she missed school programs, birthday parties and so going to the Make-A-Wish trip where they plan everything was very special." Bailey said.

Events like this help the foundation fund trips for families to get away and have fun on a vacation.

"We had an amazing week away from here when our family was hurting pretty close to the most they ever had been and realistically it was our last family vacation together." Reamy said.

Parents say this organization helps families in their toughest hours, and days like today helps them give back.

"It's just a really nice time for the family to get to spend that time together without worrying about things for a while." Bailey said

"We were gone and a normal family. The disease the symptoms are still there but you get to have fun and those things as well." Reamy said.

Last year Cold Stone Creamery raised just under a million dollars nationwide for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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