Hub City Ice Cream temporarily opens its doors to support the community
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — The ice cream season is over, but the season of giving is in full swing, which is why Hub City Ice Cream reopened its doors this past weekend and will again Dec. 11-13.
The company’s owners, Dave and Sandy Freeman, donated their facility and their beloved ice cream to high school students who are also members of the National Honor Society at Marshfield High School (MHS) this past weekend. The students served up ice cream and in the process raised funds to benefit Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS).
Erin and Taylor Schneider, who work at Hub City Ice Cream, are seniors at MHS, and the Freemans brought the idea to them of opening for a weekend in conjunction with Rotary Winter Wonderland to raise funds for a good cause. The Schneiders’ neighbor is MAPS President Karen Rau, and Erin and Taylor knew the organization to which they wanted to donate.
“MAPS is a big program in our town, and they want a (permanent) shelter, and they’re still building funds for it, so I figured that would be a good program for us to do,” Erin said.
This weekend Advanced Placement environmental science students from MHS will take over Hub City Ice Cream to raise money geared toward helping people in developing nations and raising environmental awareness, Taylor said.
Sandy Freeman said that while the shop could not reasonably be open the entire span of Winter Wonderland, they hear from their customers how much they are missed, and rather than open for a weekend of profits, Hub City Ice Cream would rather give back to the community.
“It also gives them (Erin and Taylor) a little learning: how to run a business, how to hire the staff, how to get everything up and going, coordinate the hours,” Sandy said. “It’s my way of giving back.”
Over the course of last weekend, the students raised $1,325 for MAPS.