Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day Raises $2,191

Local Celebs Mayor Silberberg, Congressman Beyer and Senator Ebbin Scoop for the Cause

Congressman Don Beyer enjoyed scooping cones and watching the tips for his hard work pile up for a good cause.  Photo courtesy of CFNC.
Congressman Don Beyer enjoyed scooping cones and watching the tips for his hard work pile up for a good cause. Photo courtesy of CFNC.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day was a huge success in Old Town!  8,200 ice cream cones were scooped, and $2,191.42 was raised to support The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) on April 12, 2016.

If you’re unfamiliar with Free Cone Day, it’s just what it sounds like. Ben and Jerry’s gives out free ice cream cones in celebration of its anniversary every year.  What people may not know is that a local charity benefits from all tips and donations while volunteers and local celebrities stand behind the counter scooping for a great cause. 

“We are so grateful to Ben and Jerry’s in Old Town for selecting CFNC to benefit from this event and wish to thank all of the local celebrities, volunteers and the public who came out to support CFNC yesterday.  It’s because of them, the event was so successful,” said Lissette Bishins, Executive Director of The Child & Family Network Centers.

Senator Adam Ebbin and Councilman John Chapman. Photo courtesy of CFNC.
Senator Adam Ebbin and Councilman John Chapman. Photo courtesy of CFNC.

Celebrity scoopers included: Congressman Don Beyer, Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Charniele Herring, City Manager Mark Jinks, Deputy City Manager Debra Collins, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook, Alexandria City Councilmen Willie Bailey and John Chapman and School board members Veronica Nolan. Cindy Anderson, and Bill Campbell.

In additional CFNC’s board of directors and volunteers groups from Kohl’s, Microsoft, Alexandria Sheriff’s department and Deloitte all helped make the event a success.  With everyone’s help yesterday CFNC was able to raise enough funds to provide one child with nine weeks of early childhood education.

About The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC)

The Child and Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) mission is to provide caring, high-quality, free education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods to prepare them for success in school and life. CFNC casts a broader net than similar programs offering free early education, by catering to the working poor in their neighborhoods through innovative collaborations.  Featured in the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy as “One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region,” CFNC, a nonprofit organization, relies on the community for support. CFNC has nine classrooms serving 148 children across Alexandria. To learn more about the CFNC and how your organization or business can help children, visit www.cfnc-online.org.

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