Big Dipper in Hackensack holds fundraiser for Faith in Action

Following the National Ice Cream Day Fundraiser for Faith in Action, Faith in Action Director Theresa Eclov and media intern Paul Espeland presented a thank you certificate to Jeannette Dudley, owner of the Big Dipper in Hackensack. Submitted Photo

Visitors to the Big Dipper in Hackensack on July 19 were greeted with “Happy National Ice Cream Day! Would you like to buy an ice cream sandwich?”

Staff at the Big Dipper handmade huge ice cream sandwiches with monster cookies and the customer's choice of 39 ice cream flavors and dedicated the proceeds to Faith in Action for Cass County. Customers could enjoy the ice cream at the Big Dipper’s outdoor seating or call ahead for ice cream sandwich orders, some people taking home a dozen for their freezers.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for participating in our fundraiser for Faith in Action in Hackensack,” Big Dipper owner Jeannette Dudley said in a news release. “We set our goal at $500 and we made $1,200 selling monster cookie ice cream sandwiches (July 19-22). Faith in Action for Cass County is a great local nonprofit organization. We appreciate your support.”

Faith in Action for Cass County is a community-based, nonprofit organization providing nonmedical assistance to older adults, veterans, adults with disabilities, and individuals experiencing difficult circumstances, including caregivers in need of support. Volunteers provide transportation, telephone visiting, delivery of groceries, medications and Meals on Wheels. The organization connects folks isolated in their homes with volunteers who enjoy chatting and visiting by email and help them to stay active in their communities.

Call Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 or go to to get connected.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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