Free ice cream being scooped downtown Saturday

Cafe will be holding annual event.

A downtown ice cream shop will be doling out free ice cream this weekend.

Coppa will be holding its fifth annual Free Ice Cream Day from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, co-owner Marc Wheeler said.

“Free Ice Cream Day is our way to celebrate the beginning of peak ice cream season and to thank the community for all of its support,” said Wheeler. “We held one five years ago and it was so much fun we’ve done it every year since.”

Last year, Coppa staff gave all of its tips from the day to a local charity, raising more than $700 for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE). This year, staff will donate tips to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Juneau, which is marking Mental Health Awareness Month.

One regular scoop will be given to every person present at the event, and no coffee or food will be for sale to allow staff to focus on serving ice cream.

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