Serving Up Memories At Baskin-Robbins

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Ray, one of the original Baskin-Robbins crew members, puts his ice cream scooping skills to the test during a celebration honoring the original crew members of the first stand-alone Baskin-Robbins shop in Garden City.

Baskin-Robbins has a storied history that dates back to the first shop being opened in Glendale, CA, back in 1945. Twenty-two years later, the company served up its first ice cream sundae in New York after throwing its doors open in Garden City. To commemorate this significant milestone, Trojan alumni who graduated in 1967 and worked at this particular Baskin-Robbins returned to put their ice cream scooping skills to the test 50 years later. Trustee John Delany was on hand to present crew members with the “Pink Spoon to the City,” while Baskin-Robbins donated $1,000 to Garden City High School in honor of those original crew members. These former high school football players and cheerleaders also shared their personal stories about how Baskin-Robbins played a role in putting them on a successful career path.

Paul Waltzer, Stuart Cohen (left), and Scott Campbell (right), Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees of Metro Franchising Inc., present a $1,000 donation to the Garden City High School Class of 2018, accepted by Senior Class Vice President Alexis Varano (second from the right) and a fellow classmate.

It was a milestone that was certainly cherished by Scott Campbell, the Dunkin’ Brands franchisee of this location who is also the winner of the 2016 Combo Operator of the Year Award.
“The Garden City High School 50th reunion event at our shop in Garden City was truly an exciting day for everyone. It was great to see the Garden City community come together and honor the original crew of the first Baskin-Robbins in New York,” he said. “Garden City has played a special role in our brand’s history and we were proud to have the opportunity to celebrate our original crew members in such a special way.”

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In addition to being editor of Garden City Life and Syosset-Jericho Tribune, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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