Freshly churned homemade ice cream brought out a number of people for fellowship at Calvary Baptist Church in Dearing last Saturday to raise money for a worthy cause.
Sponsored by the Dearing Dream Team Relay for Life in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the event, known as the "Ice Cream Challenge," also involved a judging contest to decide who had made the best churned ice cream.
"This was just another one of many events we have planned for the year in our attempt to raise money for the American Cancer Society," said Beverly McCorkle Welch.
She and Tammy Cason, both Dearing residents, serve as co-captains of the Dearing Dream Team.
"This is a community effort," Mrs. Welch said. "We're just glad to be part of it."
The duo has helped spearhead the Relay for Life team in the Dearing area for the past six years.
"I just feel it's my calling to volunteer for such a good cause," said Mrs. Cason, pointing out that cancer has stricken several family members and friends over the years.
Their efforts to involve a larger segment of the Dearing community grew after Sean Kelley was elected mayor of the Town of Dearing.
"We've branched out a lot further into the Dearing area since Mayor Kelley has gotten behind us," Mrs. Welch said. "We're delighted he's behind this cause. This has truly been a team effort. I've been just so tickled to see how well things have gone."
Once again, like has been the case at recent events to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the latest event was termed a success, said event co-captains.
"I think everybody had a lot of fun and enjoyed themselves," Mrs. Welch said.
Those serving as judges for the Ice Cream Challenge were sequestered, while participants brought in their favorite homemade ice cream - still in the churns.
The panel of judges included Mayor Kelley, Jason Smith, Eric Toulson, Tony Hedgecock, Judy Minor, Candace Welch and Morgan Workman.
Each of the judges got the opportunity to taste samples of each churn of ice cream before rendering a decision as to which ice cream was the best of all.
The grand champion turned out to be Darrell Treadwell of Dearing, whose banana ice cream won a first place ribbon in the fruit category, too.
Two other participants also placed in the fruit category. They included Gladys Rodgers, second place for her peach ice cream and Bill Welch, third place for his cherry ice cream.
Voted first place in the plain category was Kenneth Welch for his chocolate ice cream and Jennell Clark, who received a second place ribbon.