Park Potomac community collects school supplies at ice cream social

Six years ago, several neighbors in the Park Potomac community were talking about a way to give back to the community.

So began their Ice Cream Social for Charity, held every August to collect backpacks for Interfaith Works, a nonprofit working to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, to distribute to needy schoolchildren.

“It was the notion that we were so blessed that we felt as a community that we should give something back,” said Bruce Fonoroff, one of the organizers. The community is near the intersection of Seven Locks and Montrose roads.

Fonoroff said this year’s social was the biggest yet, with about 300 people attending. The social netted 948 backbacks, plus about 4,000 items of school supplies, he said.

Charlotte Garvey, communications manager at Interfaith Works, said the backpacks and school supplies will go a long way to help families.

“An important part of our work is preventing homelessness, so one way to do that is help families who are vulnerable economically stretch their limited dollars,” Garvey wrote in an email. “By equipping young students in need with the tools to start the school year right, we are also helping vulnerable families preserve precious funds to pay for other essentials like rent, medicine, and food.”

New at the Ice Cream Social this year was an antique and classic car show. Entries ranged from the Best in Show winner, a 1937 Ford “Slant Back” owned by Vincent LoPresti of Olney, to a custom, motorized toilet, “Loo Cille,” owned by David Goldberg of Rockville. There were 24 entries in all.

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