Canton Ben & Jerry’s Raises Money for Fire Dept

By | April 10, 2014

Canton Ben & Jerry’s Raises Money For Fire Department

Canton Ben & Jerry's Raises Money For Fire DepatmentThere was a long line of people out the door for the Free Cone Day at the Canton Ben & Jerry’s store. The event raised money for the Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Dept., which had firefighters and trucks on the scene. (Ken Byron / April 9, 2014)

1:27 p.m. EDT, April 9, 2014

CANTON — A fundraiser run by Ben & Jerry’s franchises nationwide on Tuesday brought in much needed money for the Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Dept. that will pay for equipment and training.

Tuesday was Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day and the store in theShoppes at Farmington Valley was among the franchises that participated. On Tuesday, local stores gave away cones of selected flavors and asked people who came in for donations to local non-profit groups. The Canton store is donating the money it received to the fire department.

This is the ninth year that the event has benefited the fire department, said Sylvia Cancela, a spokeswoman for the department. Cancella said nearly $2,500 was raised on Tuesday, the most ever since the store and the fire department began collaborating. She estimated that the store gave away approximately 5,000 ice cream cones on Tuesday.

“We have an excellent partnership with them and we could not be more grateful,” Cancela said.

Phil Killoran, who owns the franchise with his wife Brandi, said the store’s former owner started the relationship with the fire department and it has continued since they purchased the business.

“We received a lot of positive feedback and every year we have upped it and upped it,” Killoran said.

Capt. Wayne Goeben said the funds raised at Free Cone Day help the department purchase new equipment that cannot be paid for out of the budget it receives from the town. Money also helps pay for training firefighters.

Previous Free Cone Days have raised a total of $15,500 for the fire department, including $2,000 last year. Late on Tuesday afternoon there was a large crowd of people in the store, with a line going out the door, and Killoran said he was confident of exceeding last year’s figures.

—Ken Byron

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