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Franklin Ave Playground Fundraiser Sets World Ice Cream Sundae Record

The Franklin Avenue Playground Committee's Fundraiser on Central Avenue Field in Pearl River broke the Guinness World Record for the longest Ice Cream Sundae at 406 feet, eight inches. UPDATED with comments, video and more pictures.

Families packed Pearl River's Central Avenue Field Friday afternoon and waited to hear two things.

First they waited to find out if the Franklin Avenue Playground Committee met its goal of breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest ice cream sundae. They did it easily with a length of 406 feet, eight inches, nearly 200 feet more than the old mark.

The announcement drew a cheer from the assembled crowd of hundreds, mostly parents and their children. 

Seconds later they got the announcement they were really waiting for. It was time to devour the record-setting sundae. 

Tom Warren, one of the event's co-chairs, said he would have the final fundraising numbers some time over the weekend, but was thrilled with the results. 

"It was amazing," Warren said. "The volunteers were amazing. Our donors were amazing. Gary's Gutters. Raffaele's Pizza. Dance Central. PLJ was here. It was a great time.

"In the beginning, I didn't think it would be this big. As we got the flyers out and told people about this and PLJ picked us up, I began to get the feeling I bit off more than I could chew, but it looks like we pulled it off."

Warren said the initial plan was to make the sundae 150 feet long, but that was when the record was 125. During the planning of Friday's event, the record was broken by a 200-foot, three-inch sundae, so the Franklin Ave. Committee altered its goal to 250. 

"Jean Beckerle, one of my co-chairs, we were with Gary's Gutters putting the gutters out and she kept saying we could do more," Warren said. "So just today, we kept expanding it and expanding it and expanding it."

Warren agreed that it was a good idea given the huge turnout. 

"Now we just have to clean it up," Warren said, smiling.

The funds raised Friday will go to the committee's efforts to upgrade the playground at Franklin Avenue Elementary School.

The full list of sponsors for Friday's event is below and attached to this report in a PDF file.

"It's nice to see the businesses in town do this," Warren said. "We charged them all $50 and it was like nothing. Johnny's BBQ today out of nowhere showed up and gave us all lunch." 

This report has been updated with more pictures, video and details. Check back with Pearl River Patch for the final numbers from the fundraiser once they become available. 

The Franklin Avenue Playground Committee passed along its thanks the following sponsors and supporters:

Geraldine Collins June 09, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Thanks to all who came out to support the Franklin Avenue playground fund! It was a lot of fun. We were delighted to create a 406ft sundae.As we did not have a representative from Guinness present today, we are submitting all necessary information so that the record can be 'certified' by Guinness World Records.
Sheila D. Warren June 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Great job. Must have been for all of the families. Now I know what Tom Warren is doing in his retirement. Aunt Sheila
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor June 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What a fabulous event and cause -- great job!

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