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Free ice cream, created by Kate

Florida 12-year-old created this year's flavor for the World's Largest Ice Cream Social, which benefits ill children.

By Teresa Mears Sep 29, 2010 12:25PM

Thursday, Sept. 30, is the World's Largest Ice Cream Social, when Cold Stone Creamery dishes up free ice cream to all comers.

The annual event will raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which fulfills wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. (We're sure Karen would support the wish of 15-year-old Zach, who got to announce the Pittsburgh Steelers' first-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft.)


What Kate Rawley of Tampa, Fla., wished was to be the one who created the ice cream flavor for this year's social. She got her wish, and this year's flavor is called Kate's Creation. Kate, 12, has a congenital spinal cord condition that has meant five surgeries and numerous hospitalizations.


"What I find most amazing is that other kids will get their wishes because of my wish," she told The Tampa Tribune.

Kate got the idea of being the one to create this year's flavor while attending last year's social. She flew to Arizona with a notebook full of ice cream ideas and spent an afternoon working with Cold Stone tastemaster Roy Karam. During her day as "Junior Tastemaster," she got the full VIP treatment, including a ride in a limo and her own personal assistant. Her sister Emma, 8, also helped out.


According to the Tribune, the sisters first tried a bubble gum ice cream and then a chocolate blend they called "Kate and Emma's Famous Chocolate Masterpiece" before arriving at Kate's Creation. It's available through Sept. 30.


It sounds good: caramel apple ice cream mixed with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust and apple pie filling.


"It reminds me of the last bite of an apple pie a la mode," Lisa Andrews, regional director for Make-A-Wish in Central Florida, told the newspaper.


Free 3-ounce "Like It" servings of Kate's Creation will be available at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in exchange for a donation to the cause. Kate will be dishing up ice cream at her neighborhood store in Tampa.


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