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Graeter’s Ice Cream Sets Record Year, Raising Funds to Help Find a Cure for Pediatric Brain Cancer

Graeter’s and The Cure Starts Now’s 11 Year Partnership Makes Sizeable Dent in Much Needed Research Funding.


Cincinnati-based Graeter’s Ice Cream completed its annual Cones for the Cure campaign – an 11-day event that offers guests a unique way to support The Cure Starts Now and pediatric brain cancer research. This record-breaking year, Graeter’s will donate more than $220,000 as a result of guest support, company donations and ice cream sales of the seasonal favorite, Elena’s Blueberry Pie

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Graeter’s 55 retail stores in 5 states participated in this year’s fundraiser, with nearly half setting new individual store records. The Cure Starts Now’s CEO, Keith Desserich shares, “Graeter’s has been an incredible partner for The Cure Starts Now for more than eleven years. The fact that they can inspire the local community to come out in support of our mission year after year and continue to raise more money is amazing and humbling. We couldn’t be happier with the results of this year’s campaign and are proud to have Graeter’s as part of The Cure Starts Now family.”


In addition to Cones for the Cure, Graeter’s also donates a portion of the proceeds from every pint of their seasonal ice cream flavor, Elena’s Blueberry Pie to The Cure Starts Now. “This campaign is a winner every year for Graeter’s,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “The community loves Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream and we are honored to support such a worthwhile cause every year in pursuit of the homerun cure for cancer.”


Thanks to a growing scoop shop family and our exceptionally generous guests, the donation this year accounts for an annual increase of nearly 30% over 2018’s record year of $166,000.

About Graeter’s

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream using French Pots®, a small batch, artisanal method of production dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Tasted among 13 national brands, Graeter’s was voted the #1 Vanilla Ice Cream by MyRecipes.com in 2019. Graeter’s was also chosen as “Best Ice Cream” by The Columbus Dispatch in their 2018 CBus Top Picks. Famous for their signature chocolate chips, the Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s currently has 55 retail stores and ship over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 4,000 grocery stores in 46 states.

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