It took only 5 minutes and 20 seconds for four members of Universal Lodge to eat a 20-scoop Vermonster sundae, winning the Vermonster challenge at the Angel Scoops fundraiser last week. The event, sure to become an annual tradition, was hosted by Ben & Jerry’s of North Eastham. The Masonic Angels raised $1,900 for their chapters in the Nauset and Monomoy school districts.
They ate the whole thing
To claim victory, Universal Lodge team members Adam Menges, Mathew Vyse, Michael Sparrow and Chris McPherson devoured 20 scoops of ice cream, four whole bananas, three cookies, a brownie, 4 servings of hot fudge and caramel, 18 servings of various toppings and a mountain of whipped cream. Other teams competed from St. Martin’s Lodge in Chatham, Pilgrim Lodge in Harwich and a team of young ladies.
The Angel Scoops rules were simple: Four people per team, each participated uses only one plastic Ben & Jerry’s spoon, everything – every sprinkle – must be eaten. If a team member vomits (nobody did) the whole team is disqualified.
The contest was judged by Ben & Jerry’s shop owner Judy Tarr, who was quickly dubbed “Judge Judy”.
When Masonic Angel Foundation president Robert Fellows approached Ms. Tarr about the fundraiser, she had a lot of advice. “Judy is very strong on partnerships,” Fellows reports. “She wanted to know how we would promote the event… what we would do to bring people in that night.” The Masons publicized the event through social media, personal networking and media releases. A feature story on CapeCodToday.com created positive buzz. The social media campaign was viewed by nearly 1,000 people.
Ben & Jerry’s donated 25% of their gross sales from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the day of the event. To the surprise of the Masons, Ms. Tarr also donated the Vermonsters ($39.99 each) and Ben & Jerry’s gift bags for the winners ($30 each).
With entry fees and a matching grant from a generous donor, the total take for this event was $1,900. The funds will provide food, clothing, winter coats, school supplies, eyeglasses, refurbished laptops and much more for children in Orleans, Brewster, Eastham, Chatham and Harwich.
Traditionally known more for its solemn ceremonies, black tuxedos and white hair, Freemasonry is evolving here on the Cape.
That the demographic of local Lodges is skewing younger was quite apparent at Angel Scoops. Most of the participants were under the age of 40, many brought their young children and there was a festive, playful atmosphere.
“We wanted a fun, family event to wrap up the Masonic year – and what’s better than a night like this?,” said 29-year-old Adam Menges, Master-Elect of Universal Lodge. Universal will mark its 100th anniversary during Menges’ term as Master. His team already planning to skip the traditional black-tie banquet in favor of a celebration to share with the whole community.
“It’s important to engage these young men with projects and events that have meaning to them,” said Fellows – who co-founded MAF with John Sherman back in 1998. “Last week this group joined 1,300 Masons at the State House cornerstone ceremony, this week they have an ice cream contest and there are plenty of summer activities to follow.”
Videos of the event can be viewed on Ben & Jerry’s North Eastham’s Facebook page.