The 35th Annual Scooper Bowl Returns to City Hall Plaza

Posted June 10, 2017 by Brian Keaney in Downtown Boston
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl at City Hall Plaza

During the first week of June, the 35th annual Scooper Bowl returned to City Hall Plaza. A donation to the Jimmy Fund gained you entrance to the festivities and a spoon, all the better to eat the unlimited ice cream that awaited beyond the gates. On Wednesday afternoon a sizable crowd was gathered to enjoy the frozen treats and to raise funds to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The 8th grade class at Linden Steam Academy in Malden was on hand as part of their spirit week. An hour after the gate opened, the students had collectively eaten over 500 scoops of ice cream. After the tower of paper cups they collected grew too tall for students to add to it, even when sitting on one another’s shoulders, they eventually laid it flat on the ground.

The group could not come to a consensus on what their favorite flavor is, but if the lines were any indication then Ben and Jerry’s was the clear winner. The Vermont-based purveyor of frozen treats was joined by Arctic Zero, Baskin-Robbins, Breyer’s, Edy’s, Friendly’s, Hood, Minus the Moo, Vice Cream, Yasso, and Yuengling’s.

Bill McKinney of Dedham stopped by on his lunch break. He had purchased a three day pass allowing him unlimited entry, and said the lines on sunny Wednesday were much longer than those on rainy Tuesday. That’s good news for the Jimmy Fund, but bad news for those ice cream aficionados who prefer a little precipitation to standing in line.

The event could not be held without scores of volunteers. A group of employees from Aon Risk Management came down to pitch in, handing out spoons, holding selfie frames for social media photos, and generally helping out wherever they were needed.

New this year were the fast pass lanes that allowed larger donors to skip the lines and get to the ice cream quicker. The fast pass wrist bands were sponsored by Valvoline.

Also on hand were games such as cornhole, giveaways by sponsors, and a stage in the corner  with local musicians playing.  Scooper Schools, or those who raised money for the Jimmy Fund over the course of the year, were represented in large numbers.

The event is being ran on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. The nation’s largest all you can eat ice cream festival has been run annually since 1983 to raise funds  for cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Since the Scooper Bowl’s inception, more than $5 million has been raised.