The Garden Hills Garden Club will hold its 38th annual Ice Cream Social Oct. 4, open to the public from noon to 5:00 p.m. with the proceeds going to support Atlanta Fire Department Station 21, Atlanta Police Zone 2 and public school students.

Rain or shine, the family event will be held at the Garden Hills Pool and Park Complex at the intersection of Pinetree Drive and Rumson Road in Buckhead and will include children’s activities such as games, arts and crafts, pony rides, train rides and a dunk tank.

The event is free and open to the public. However, ticket sales for the children’s activities create the funds that are used to support the local community organizations. Since its inception, the Garden Hills Ice Cream Social has raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the local community.

“We are incredibly thankful to our local fire station personnel and police officers for the services they provide to our community,” said Barclay Stone, event co-chair. “We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to give back to those resources that make our neighborhood a great place to live.”

Stone added, “We believe it is our civic duty to support community programs that make our city, as a whole, as strong as possible. The Garden Hills Ice Cream Social is an ideal way to invite the city to share in our community pride, to give back and, most of all, to have fun.”

Stone explained that the Ice Cream Social would be impossible to stage without the support of the event sponsors, which for 2009 include The Coca-Cola Company and Publix.

The Garden Hills development was started in 1925 by Atlanta attorney Phillip Campbell. The neighborhood’s first garden club, The Garden Hills Women’s Club, was organized in 1927 with the goals of neighborhood and civic improvement. Today’s garden club was established in the early 1970’s.

– John Schaffner