Little Man Ice Cream celebrates its millionth scoop tonight

Paul Tamburello, a developer who's done several landmark projects in LoHi (and even coined that nickname), drew inspiration from his own past when he created Little Man Ice Cream back in 2008. His grandfather had owned an ice cream store in Chicago in the 1930s, and he thought the edge of Highland could use a store of its own. But not just any store: Tamburello created a shop that looks like a giant milk can. Every summer night -- and some winter nights -- crowds line up outside Little Man Ice Cream. But Tamburello isn't just interested in feeding Denver: With the Scoop for Scoop program, Little Man helps feed the world: For every scoop of ice cream you purchase, Little Man matches it with a scoop of rice delivered to a developing country. And tonight you can celebrate the one-millionth scoop. See also: Jolt collaborates with Little Man to give LoHi a new landmark The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. when Paul Tamburello offers the official welcome and his mother, Elaine, scoops the millionth scoop. After that, there will be free Little Dips -- one cone to a customer, please.

Throughout the evening, the celebration will include games for kids (including the Little Man bouncy castle), a live jazz band and a "Philanthropic Market" where customers can check out beneficiaries of Scoop for Scoop and such local non-profits as Far Away Friends, Asian Hope and Brent's Place.

Then at 9:30, Little Man will host an outside screening of The Pink Room documentary, and Tamburello and Loren Martinez will talk about their recent Scoop for Scoop trip to Cambodia.

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