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Big Dipper

All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Big Dipper logoThank you for joining us on Saturday, June 23rd!

The chance of rain did not dampen the fun at Children’s Friend’s Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. Families and supporters from all around central Massachusetts joined us at Elm Park in Worcester for this annual fundraiser.

Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers, sponsors, supporters and attendees who made the Big Dipper such a wonderful success. Your support helps to provide critical mental health, adoption, early education and grief support services to local children and families in need.

Unable to attend? Consider making a donation: Text  "Dipper" to 501-55

Text to GiveHelping Children & Families

This event supports our four main areas of focus, each delivering high quality services to the community: adoption services; support groups for children at The Carriage House Grief Support Center; mental health services at the Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center; and stimulating, hands-on instruction in our Early Learning Center. Can't attend? Please consider making a donation. Text "Dipper" to 501-55.

See photos from the event on Flickr >

Thank You Supporters!

Sponsors: R.H. White Construction • BayState Savings Bank • The Hanover Insurance Group • TD Bank • W.B. Mason • Coughlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. • Polar Beverages • Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Ice Cream Donors: Cool Licks • Janine’s Frostee • Coco’s Tropical Ice • Friendly’s • Hood • Turkey Hill 

VIP Scoopers: Jim Wilson, Sports Editor Worcester T&G • Mayor Joseph Petty • Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie • Councilor Khyrstian King • Senator Michael Moore • Representative Hannah Kane • Andy Lacombe Senior Executive Producer at Charter Ch 3 • Senator Harriette Chandler • Tim and Tammy Murray • Candy Mero-Carlson

Entertainment and Special Appearances: Chuck & Mud • Worcester Bravehearts team members and “Jake the Lion” • Steven Craig Comedy Magician for Kids  • “Trax” (Worcester Railers Mascot)  • Tucker’s Kid’s • “Libby” the Library Bus • InDaZone • Massachusetts Pirate Mascot • Massachusetts Pirate Mascot • Myrle the Clown • WYND Lion & Dragon Dance Team • Sparkles the Clown • Fit Body Boot Camp •  Worcester Mounted Patrol • JOMP • Worcester Police Car • Cross Tracks • Worcester Fire Truck

About the Cause

The Big Dipper began more than 20 years ago as an ice cream social for families who had adopted children through Children’s Friend.  It has grown over the years to be not just our largest annual fundraiser, but a multi-faceted event that families from all over central Massachusetts look forward to every year.  Thousands of people attend, eat ice cream, and enjoy the all-day entertainment and activities.

Founded in 1849, Children’s Friend is the oldest child and family service agency in central Massachusetts, serving clients in 51 communities. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting and strengthening families.

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