Social Shortcake and Engaging Ice Cream

Social Shortcake and Engaging Ice Cream

Marcella Barroso helps a pint-sized patron create his own sundae. She was one of many volunteers serving sweets this past Saturday afternoon.

Ice Cream Social nets a lot of cake for the MARC House

By Jason Koler

Sugar-crazed foodies from throughout the Keys mingled among neighbors and plants this past Saturday at the 8th Annual ReMARCable Mattheessen’s Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit Social.

In an evening dedicated to desserts, more than $8,000 was raised by patrons feasting on strawberry shortcake, cobbler, and make-your-own sundaes.

“Oh yeah,” chided MARC House Public Relations guru Gordon Ross. “I am really pleased with the turnout.”

Ross was especially grateful for the support of the local businesses and friends of the MARC House.

Local magician and inflatable engineer Frank Everhart entertained big and little kids with a mystifying repertoire of balloon creations. “He just stepped right up to the plate,” said the MARC House’s Gordon Ross. “He was really great.”

“We had a lot of volunteers,” he said. “From Guillaume at Blue Heaven and Charlie at Pepe’s Café to the wonderful people at Louie’s Back Yard and Matthesen’s.”

The locally owned ice parlor has been the key ingredient in the frozen formula for the past four years.

“The are the best. We love them,” said Ross. “They are like our guardian angels.”

The MARC House board of directors provided the chocolate covered strawberries.

The Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens provides life services for developmentally disabled adult residents of Monroe County.

Located at 1404 Seminary Street in Key West, the MARC House is a non-profit organization supported by private donations, public grants, an expansive plant store, and events like the Al Flutie Over-the-Hill Rip Off Sailfish Tournament, and the Master Chef’s Classic.

For more information, or to offer support please visit or call (305) 294-9526.

Almost all of the ice cream sundae created by Weekly Newspapers Deputy Editor Josh Koler ended up in his mouth.


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