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Three Organizations Team Up to Further Community Involement
Posted on: 06/27/2013
By  Andy Rex
About two years ago, three major contributors to the community formed a partnership to take their community involvement one step further.
 
Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta College and Peoples Bank formed the Hunger Solutions Taskforce – which is the beneficiary of this year’s Broughton’s Ice Cream Social. 
 
Memorial CEO Scott Cantley explains how they came up with the idea.
 
“We really asked ourselves ‘what could three of the pillar institutions within this community do to really have a positive impact, long-term, on our community?’" Cantley explains.  "As we got together and began to talk about it, we adopted hunger as an issue that had the breadth and the appeal to a lot of our employees, and that we all recognize could really benefit from the combined effort of these three organizations.”
 
It’s also a milestone year for Broughton’s – this year is the 30th annual Ice Cream Social.  Dave Broughton tells WMOA News that when this event started in 1984, the organizers then may not have even believed it would get this big. 

“The folks that really got this kicked off – that would be Carl Broughton and Sam Cook – and Sam really shepherded this thing along in the years after," Broughton says.  "Would they have believed it would go 30 years?  I don’t know.  I think it’s a fantastic milestone for our company and the community.  We’re inching up on a half million dollars of money raised.  That’s something to be proud about.”
 
This year’s Broughton Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, July 21, from 2 to 6 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $3.50 in advance and available at many locations across the county.  Tickets are $4 the day of the social.
 
Scott Cantley says they hope to use the funds raised from this year’s social in a couple of different ways. 

“One, with our Healthy Kids Appalachia program," Cantley says.  "We’ve tried to extend into second grade classrooms.  We began this past school year using folks from Marietta College combining forces with local school teachers to really teach good nutritional skills.  The funds have been to support mobile kitchens used in those classrooms, as well as to purchase the food for the children so they can begin to learn and experiment with healthy foods and how they are prepared.”
 
Cantley says they also hope to use funds from the social to help area food banks stretch their dollars even further in buying supplies that are needed.  And he says eventually, they would like to expand the educational outreach to schools across Washington and Wood Counties – and even into other neighboring counties.
 
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