The nation’s only little league of entertainers, the non-profit American Kids Inc., and the nation’s socially-minded ice cream maker, Ben & Jerry’s in Branson, are joining forces on two projects: Missouri Kids Show Daze and Free Cone Day.

Missouri Kids Show Daze on March 28, April 28, June 11 and July 14 and 16 will feature local young entertainers in 20 minute shows 1-3 p.m. on the deck at the Ben & Jerry’s located on the Marina at Branson Landing, 7 N. Boardwalk Suite C. A portion of the proceeds from ice cream sales during the two-hour periods will be donated to American Kids Inc.

“The kids will be literally singing for their supper,” said Dr. Dale Smith, founder of American Kids Inc. “Funds raised through this opportunity at Ben & Jerry’s will go to various projects such as the college scholarship fund and the portable sound system fund. The local Missouri Kids group is raising funds to purchase a portable sound system to be used as they present shows at various locations such as retirement homes and other community events.”

On April 21 Missouri Kids will perform 4-8 p.m. during Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day. During that time Missouri Kids members ages 16 and up will join a host of Branson celebrities as guest scoopers while others of all ages will help clean tables and assist guests as they enjoy the ice cream cones given away that day.

“There’s always great fun and surprises at your neighborhood Scoop Shop with local celebrities as guest scoopers, worthwhile social mission partners, music and other entertainment happening throughout the day, so make sure you make it down to enjoy all of the Free Cone Day fun,” said Brandon Karn, owner of the Branson Ben & Jerrry’s. “Last year Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops gave away more than 1 million free cones worldwide!”

“Our members, with guidance from our certified adult volunteers, present a vast number of shows on the local, regional and national level and embrace the opportunity to share their talent gifts for the benefit of others,” said Smith. “Free Cone Day is a great way for the kids to give back to their own community and thank Ben & Jerry’s for supporting not only our non-profit American Kids Inc., but also the other grassroots, socially changing groups across the nation.”

“We are pleased to have American Kids involved with a company whose social mission includes recognizing the central role that business plays in society by initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally and whose value focus is on children and families. What better way to improve quality of life than to start with kids and the families that support them through activities such as American Kids?” said Smith.

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