Ted Alexiades is best known for running the day-to-day operations of town government, but come 5 p.m. this afternoon, he'll be running the ice cream line at Cold Stone Creamery.
The town administrator will join with many others at the Cold Stone shop at Derby Street Shoppes to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundations of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The organization fulfills the wishes to children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who have life-threatening medical conditions.
In its 25th year, the foundation has given happiness and hope to countless numbers of children, and Alexiades said he was thrilled to be offered a chance to participate.
“I think the Make-A-Wish Foundations and their endeavors are extremely worthwhile, and I was honored to be asked and willing to help out,” Alexiades said. “The fact that Make-a- Wish has partnered with Cold Stone and they are doing it with Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham makes it all the better for me to participate. We have a great company in a great retail shopping center with an outstanding organization and great cause. It’s a trifecta.”
The hour-long scooping service, which goes from 5 to 6 p.m., is to not only raise money for the foundation, but to bring awareness to Cold Stone’s partnership with the foundation through the month of September through the “11th Annual World's Largest Ice Cream Social."
During today's promotion, $1 from the sale of any “Love It” or “Gotta Have It” (Medium or Large) size ice cream, yogurt, or sorbet is being to the foundation. Throughout the month, Cold Stone is also collecting $1 donations for the foundation.
Cold Stone has been supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2002. This year, the funding will help grant wishes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities, a release said.
“Nothing breaks our heart more than seeing a young child, through no fault of their own, in a difficult situation. That’s what defines us as humans, being able to reach out and help someone. That’s what this organization does, so when they called me to help out, I was very excited about it,” Alexiades said.
Alexiades said he has been telling everyone to come out and grab an ice cream from Cold Stone to support the cause, which is hopes is successful during his visit.
In addition to Alexiades, a Make-A-Wish volunteer will be on site to answer questions about the Foundation and the impact of a wish first-hand.
Alexiades isn’t the first town official to help scoop ice cream. In Medford, Mayor Michael McGlynn has also helped scoop out frozen treats. Stores in Mansfield and Springfield also participated, according to the organization’s Facebook page.
For more information about the Make-A-Wish foundation, click here.
For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, click here.