SCOOPS Ice Cream serves up treats for a cause

Ice cream shop's days proceeds benefit Greater Mankato Area United Way, to help the nonprofit reach its 2021 campaign goal.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2020 at 9:03 PM CDT
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ELYSIAN, Minn. (KEYC) — If you’re craving something sweet today, SCOOPS ice cream of Elysian is serving up treats for a cause.

All purchases made at the ice cream shop between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. will benefit Greater Mankato Area United Way, which recently launched its 2021 campaign that seeks to raise $2,060,000 for its partner programs.

“We have been so blessed by our customers in the area that now we have an opportunity to give back to the community. So come on in, join us today we will make you an ice cream cone or shake,” said Joe Meixl, owner of Scoops Ice Cream.

In addition, the day will also feature an open mic night on SCOOPS outdoor stage.

Mankato Area United Way will support 56 programs within 36 agencies through the impact areas of basic needs, health and education.

“So the dollars that are coming in for the fundraiser today, go to basic needs, health and education. Those are the three pillars that we support and keep our region strong and balanced for those in need, to give them the tool sets they need to be successful citizens,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus.

And this year, amid the pandemic, Kaus says the need to reach their campaign goal is greater than ever.

“Because the need has grown, more so than ever everyone’s felt this (COVID-19) impact that we’ve had so we need everyone to come together like they have before in making sure that we have a successful campaign,” said Kaus.

While many of United Way’s fundraisers were canceled with COVID-19, the nonprofit is still gearing up for some annual events in the near future, such as the annual human Foosball tournament and the fire and ice ball.

Both planned to continue with safety guidelines in place.

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