DHHS Again Hosts Ice Cream Party to Benefit Pair of Charities
The folks at DHHS sure know how to raise money and look cool doing it. On Wednesday, they hosted their annual Groovin’ on a Sundae Afternoon, serving up ice cream to benefit two charities, including our own Operation Santa Claus.
This year’s fundraiser, which was held in the Brown Building cafe, had a luau theme, complete with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis. At lunchtime, the room was packed with people enjoying their sundaes, which servers would happily customize with a rainbow of toppings.
Sara Kelly, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member who helps organize the event, said they raised a total of $950, which is great, especially considering tickets were only $5 each.
“The fundraiser splits the proceeds between the New Hampshire Food Bank and Operation Santa Claus, so each organization will receive a donation of $475 from this event,” she said.
The event is organized by a fund-raising committee at DHHS that includes Kelly, Kathleen Desmarais, Elizabeth Maynard, Nicola Whitley, Jillian Schenck, Michelle Rosenthal, Rick Hill, Joseph Chevrefils, Lacey Grendell, and Joan Marcoux. Sundaes were served up by a volunteer crew that included several commissioners and assistant commissioners as well as representatives from the NH Food Bank. Ice cream was donated by Arnie’s, Ballard’s, Summer Freeze and Brown Cafe.
Kelly said the luau theme seemed to be a hit with the crowd.
“Folks were singing along and swaying to the music, happily posing for pictures with luau props and even sporting tiny umbrellas in their hair,” Kelly said.
Thank you to the DHHS workers who put this cool event together, and thank you to the volunteers and ice cream-eaters. Fundraisers such as this help ensure that Operation Santa Claus and the NH Food Bank can continue to serve our fellow Granite Staters who are in need. You can read more about Operation Santa Claus here. You can find more information on the NH Food Bank here.