BOSTON (WHDH) - The country’s biggest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival is back in Boston.

The three-day Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl started Tuesday at Boston City Hall Plaza. Live entertainment and games, along with endless scoops of ice cream, were on hand, all to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

All proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund, which directly supports cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Institute.

“You are saving lives and contributing to life-saving research with the sweet treats that you’re getting to have today so thank you for being a part of that, thank you for making this so special,” Mayor Michelle Wu said at the event.

Some members of the Red Sox even stopped by for a scoop, reflecting on what the event means to them. The team has partnered with the Jimmy Fund since 1953.

“Can’t think of a better way to support the Jimmy Fund. I mean, you get ice cream, you get to see some amazing people, and it’s all for the amazing cause of the Jimmy Fund, so it’s just amazing to be out here,” Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock said.

Whitlock was named the 2024 Jimmy Fund Captain, and another member of the team has a special tie to the cause.

“I also want to acknowledge Liam Hendriks, who is himself a cancer survivor, and Liam thank you so much. It’s important to say that since it is cancer survivor day and month and it’s important so thank you,” said Melany Duval, senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Hendriks battled stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but returned cancer-free to the MLB last year.

The Red Sox players said they hope the money raised at the Scooper Bowl will make a difference in the lives of children and families living with cancer.

“Seeing everything that the Jimmy Fund does, it’s awesome. Just to be able to see firsthand how they help other patients out, kids and everything. It’s awesome to be able to come out here and support in any way I can,” Whitlock said.

The Scooper Bowl continues Wednesday and Thursday.

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