This blog is typically limited to tea. Occasionally I'll post guest entries, and for a good cause I'll write something up for a charity I support. In the pas this has been for Charity:Water or other globally beneficial charities with low cost overhead (ensuring donated funds go to their mission, and not their staff or executives.)
Cones for the Cure starts on September 8th 2016 and runs through September 18th, a great ten day event designed to raise both funds and awareness for children's cancer research. In 2015 the annual event raised just under $100,000 USD for children's cancer research and their goal for 2016 is to blow past that.
In 2008 Graeter's participated in a separate event with The Cure Starts Now, where the grand prize was the opportunity to create an ice-cream blend which Graeter's would then sell in their scoop shops and the proceeds would benefit charity. The Winner of that contest created what's come to be known a Elena's Blueberry Pie Ice Cream and is a serious treat. The flavor proved to be so popular that it's been brought back every year since, and is a perennial favorite of mine on their menu.
During the event period anyone who visits a Graeter's scoop shop can elect to (or not to) sponsor a paper sheet. $1 USD donations get a pink sheet where the purchaser can put their name, or the name of someone they know who is struggling with or has survived cancer. However, the other option proves even more advantageous. The $5 USD option provides the purchaser with a purple sheet for their name or loved one, as well as a coupon booklet worth $20 USD in Graeter's ice cream and candies. There's even a coupon for a free single scoop cone right on the first page.
Graeter's is offering TWO free scoop days this year where they will be giving away Elena's Blueberry Pie ice cream. The first day is on September 8th 2016, the second day will be announced at a later date.