Ice Cream!

I woke up outside the Air Evac in St. Louisville. Sara came back and made breakfast over at the fire station. We were joined by State representative Scott Ryan. Scott has been a great supporter of United Way over the years and deeply cares about the issues we are trying to address. We really appreciate his support.

After breakfast it was time to walk to Velvet Ice Cream in Utica where we met some wonderful young women who were a part of the Utica High School Yearbook team. We took some time to talk with them about United Way and the issues we are addressing and got a few pictures

Soon we went inside the Velvet Ice cream shop where Leigh Ann and I met with Nathan Arnold.

We were treated to a free lunch.

In the afternoon I set up my tent on the Velvet property toward the back by the playground. They have some lovely picnic areas with playgrounds for kids.

Around 5:00 p.m. we were joined by Jennifer Utrevis, the director of Big Brothers Big Sisters and many of the Bigs and Littles. We had a hotdog meal and plenty of time to play on the playgrounds. The kids also presented me with a jar they had decorated and filled with a donation they had collected. Big Brothers Big Sisters have been funded by United Way for a very long time. Their programs provide mentors to many boys and girls throughout our county. These mentors are making a lifelong impression on these kids’ lives and we are so very grateful for their care and time. Thanks Jennifer for leading this wonderful organization.

We were also joined by Precision New Media taking some footage of our events at Velvet. We really appreciate their partnership in our 50 day walk!

After everyone left and Velvet closed for the evening I headed for the tent to get some sleep.

Continue to follow Deb on the 50 the United Way journey. To donate toward 50 the United Way go to

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