Gofer Ice Cream, which has a location at 1020 Post Road, Darien, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with an event on Father's Day, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The community is invited to listen to live music and have ice cream treats. Gofer will be serving free ice cream to all dads.

Gofer Ice Cream opened its doors at 522 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich just in time for the Memorial Day weekend in 2003.

"We didn't know what to expect, but it was an instant hit and by the end of the weekend we knew were in for a wild ride," said Jay Ragusa, founder. "While it has not been an easy road, we are proud to have made it this far and it looks like the brand is here to stay."

With the help of his family and encouraged by customers over the next several years, Ragusa expanded the chain. In June 2004, the Darien shop opened. The parlor was initially a seasonal shop and operated successfully there for three summers before being reconstructed as part of new project. Since 2008, Gofer Ice Cream Darien's new location sits on the same site as the original shop.

"When we reopened in 2008 the customers returned and now we are able to keep serving them throughout the year in a beautiful parlor including outdoor seating," he said.

Gofer's Stamford shop, housed in the Willard Shopping Center at 869 High Ridge Road, opened in May 2005. "Stamford is my hometown. So I am very pleased and proud of this shop, which has allowed me to reconnect with friends from the past who still live in the area too. We also are able to employ fellow West Hill High School Alumni as an added perk said.

The Gofer Ice Cream Franchise model was officially launched in 2010 and the Greenwich shop was spun off as the first area franchised location. The plan is to continue to slowly grow the chain through geographic radiating circles with a combination of company owned and franchised locations.

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Gofer Ice Cream provides hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream, fat free Gofer Lite, Italian ice, smoothies and iced coffees, as well as the associated novelties. The company also owns and operates www.IceCreamPartyBox.com, an ice cream catering business.

For information, visit www.GoferIceCream.com.