Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ returns

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ROSWELL, Ga. – Now in its 10th year, Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ will bring all flavors of ice cream to historic Roswell.

“Starting out as a small ice cream social, Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ has become the ice cream event of the year for metro Atlanta,” said Karen Pye, development director at the Drake House.

The Ice Cream Crankin’ brings together local civic, faith and business groups for an old fashioned ice cream social, offering over 150 flavors of homemade ice cream and celebrity judges to rate the best flavors. The family event is being held in the Roswell Square on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m., with live music, contests and children’s activities. Each year, attendance and proceeds increase, with this year’s attendance expected to exceed 3,200 with a financial goal of $50,000. Money raised benefits the Drake House.

The Drake House offers short-term crisis housing, support, education and empowerment programs to homeless single mothers and their children. The nonprofit was founded in 2004 to fill an unmet need in the area. Having opened their doors in June of 2006, Drake House has served 307 families with over 560 children who have originated from Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Milton. Despite the presumed affluence of the area, the Drake House stays close to or at capacity all year long in their 16-unit apartment complex.

The organization depends on financial and volunteer support from the community to sustain their very successful program, and the Ice Cream Crankin’ offers a much-needed revenue stream. For information on sponsorship, ticket sales or to be involved as a “Crankin’ Team,” please see their event website at www.missmarysicecream.org or contact Karen Pye at kpye@thedrakehouse.org

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