Annual ice cream treat brings joy to Boys & Girls Club members

Boys & Girls Club of GreenwichWinston Frisch, age eight, poses with Rebecca Breed, the ice cream party’s sponsor. Ms. Breed, a former first selectman and a long time board member, has annually sponsored the ice cream party for club members.

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich
Winston Frisch, age eight, poses with Rebecca Breed, the ice cream party’s sponsor. Ms. Breed, a former first selectman and a long time board member, has annually sponsored the ice cream party for club members.

There was a lot of screaming for ice cream on Feb. 14 when former First Selectman Rebecca Breed, for the sixth year, provided ice cream complete with sprinkles, whipped cream, gummies and more sweet toppings to more than 230 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.

Ms. Breed, a long time board member at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich said that she “experiences pure joy” when she sees the faces of the children every year as they eat their treats.

“They are wonderful kids, and all of us at the club do what we can to make them smile,” Ms. Breed said when asked why she does the party.

As chair of the club’s Scholarship Committee, club officials say Ms. Breed has helped countless young people fulfill their dreams of completing college. In addition to her board commitments, she volunteers in the club’s education center, helping children with homework and giving encouragement and guidance. Each Valentine’s Day Ms. Breed throws an ice cream sundae party for all club members to enjoy. The party has become a highly anticipated annual event, according to the club.

In anticipation of the party, club members decorated the make shift ice cream parlor with hearts, “Thank You Rebecca” signs and hand crafted Valentine’s Day bags filled with candy made by the students of Stanwich School for club members. Stanwich School has made it a tradition to make these bags for their peers for more than 10 years.

To show their affection for Ms. Breed, a few members purchased flowers from the Torch Club’s (a leadership group comprised of pre-teen and teen youth within club) annual flower sale sponsored by McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center and presented them to her.

Ms. Breed’s service has not been limited to the club. As a native of Greenwich, she served as a selectman for six years — two of them as first selectman. Later, she went to law school and practiced juvenile law in Stamford for many years. Still active at age 76, Ms. Breed recently served as a member from District 7 on the Representative Town Meeting.

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