Broughton brings back social fun

The Broughton Ice Cream Social is back after a one-year absence. That’s great news.

It’s especially nice for the Marietta community, which dedicates each year’s proceeds to a specific cause.

This year’s event raises money for the Strecker Cancer Center. That’s truly a worthy cause.

Oncologists Kelli Cawley and Devaki Siva got to sample two of the flavors to appear at this year’s social, and were overjoyed to learn the funds raised from the event will benefit their patients.

“Any support we get from the community we are very grateful for,” Siva said.

Cawley explained that the funds raised will go directly to Strecker’s Patient Emergency Fund which is used to assist patients in a variety of needs while they are going through treatment.

It’s too bad that last year’s social didn’t happen. Organizers just couldn’t get all the volunteer help needed to serve the thousands of ice cream lovers. But there’s a new spirit this summer and organizers are looking ahead to Aug. 12. We hope you are anticipating a big day, too.

To date, 43 organizations have benefited from more than $580,000 raised since Broughton’s first social in 1984. Neil Schilling, Broughton Foods sales representative manager said the average amount raised each year is $15,000. Marietta Brewing Co. will donate its own rootbeer to make more than 5,000 floats.

“But we’d want to raise as much as possible over that, especially for such a worthy cause,” he said.

Tickets in advance are $3.50 and if purchased day of the social are $4. The event will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds from 2-5 p.m.

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