Foodlanthropy: Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

One of the coolest foodlanthropies of the summer, Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ took place in Roswell’s downtown square last weekend. It was fundraiser for The Drake House, an amazing nonprofit for homeless women in north Fulton County.

roswell square

The Cause

The Drake House (TDH) was founded in 2004 by Mary Drake, a Roswell native who recognized a need for a women’s shelter in north Fulton County. TDH serves homeless single mothers and their children by giving them temporary housing and through empowerment programs to help them work toward self-sufficiency.

The Event

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ just completed it’s 11th year. Unlike other foodlanthropies I’ve written about, I was able to attend this one as media and participate in it, which was a ton of fun!


It was amazing to see a lot of north Fulton County philanthropies come out to support TDH. There was the Roswell Junior Women’s Club, Troop 87 Boy Scouts and Atlanta Academy, to name a few.

Each group was responsible for making its own ice cream, and more than one flavor could be submitted. People got super creative! One of the more creative flavors was “Breakfast Club Grub,” with bacon and maple syrup!


The flavors I enjoyed the most, though, were from the Roswell United Methodist Church. They made a strong showing with a ton of flavor options but the ones I really enjoyed were the Georgia Peach and Blueberry Chocolate Chip.

ice cream

If you needed a break from all the sweets, there was popcorn available for purchase from the National Charity League, Roswell-Alpharetta Chapter.



It was a lovely afternoon to support a great cause! I can’t wait to return for the 12th Annual Miss Mary’s Crankin’ next year.

For more information on The Drake House, click here. Also, visit the Drake Closet, where you can get awesome second-hand clothing while supporting TDH!

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