Ice Cream fundraiser supports community members with intellectual disabilities

September 6, 2017   ·   0 Comments

The new owner of Alliston Cool Moose Creamery, Zack Ridell, kept with the summer tradition of hosting an Ice Cream Block Party for CLASS, last Wednesday evening. The 10th annual fundraiser benefits people with intellectual disabilities in the area.
“My family and I are pleased to be passing on ownership of Cool Moose Creamery. It’s been a huge part of our lives over the past nine years and we have made so many friends from it…I want to thank all of our staff for their enthusiasm and hard work over the years. I know that Zack is the right person to take over the shop. He cares about the community and is going to put a lot of fresh passion into the business. I’m excited to see where he takes it,” said Cool Moose Creamery founder, Greig Perantinos.

Photo by Wendy Gabrek


By Wendy Gabrek


Alliston’s Cool Moose Creamery hosted its tenth annual “Ice Cream Block Party” benefitting CLASS (Community Living Association of South Simcoe), on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
During the event, a portion of the proceeds from every ice cream sold was donated to CLASS, a local organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities.
Additionally, a silent auction was also held, with items including: Platinum Toronto Maple Leaf tickets; a signed Mitch Marner jersey; two Lady GaGa – Joanne World Tour concert tickets; golf for four at Woodington Lake Golf Club; and a Beattie’s Distillers vodka gift basket – including a pass for a tour of their facilities in Alliston. Mystery Ice Cream Buckets we also sold for $10 a piece, with contents ranging from t-shirts to tickets.
“CLASS would like to thank Zack Ridell and all the staff at Alliston Cool Moose Creamery for hosting a fundraiser for us. We are very appreciative of the kindness and support. We are truly grateful. Thank you!” said Nancy De Luca, Community Development Worker for CLASS. “Thank you also to the community and Cuddle Pup for coming out to support CLASS! A special thank you to the Perantinos family, Alliston Firefighters and Shank Law for your generous donation.”
De Luca also gave a shout out to Mother Nature, “We lucked out on the weather, which was an added bonus!”
‘The Mission of the Community Living Association for South Simcoe is to advocate that persons with developmental disabilities live in a state of dignity, have equal opportunity to maximize individual potential for personal growth, and participate in all elements of living in the community.
“The Community Living Association for South Simcoe (CLASS) is fortunate to enjoy the generosity of so many people and organizations in the community,” said De Luca. “Frequently, people spend their own time and money to organize a fundraiser to benefit us. These fundraisers include everything from in-store promotions to bake sales, car washes and more.”
“As CLASS is a non-profit charity organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities, we rely heavily on donations to fund our programs and services,” she adds.
Those interested in hosting a third-party event for CLASS will receive tax receipts where applicable, and have the satisfaction of knowing that your company has made a difference in the lives of people in our community.
If you would like more information or are interested in hosting a third-party event, call Nancy De Luca 705 435-4792 ext. 291 or e–mail
At press time final numbers for last weeks Ice Cream Fundraiser were not available.


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