By Ryan Mooney, Globe Correspondent
Tom Gould, Peabody city councilor and owner of Treadwell's Ice Cream, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Harry Ankeles Community Service award by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce.
The award, which has been handed out annually for more than two decades, is presented to a chamber member who "exemplifies the spirit of selfless dedication and leadership to the community."
In a statement released on Monday, Deanna Healey, president and CEO of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, cited Gould's efforts to start the Challenger baseball and basketball programs for special needs kids, as well as his donation of magazine subscriptions to needy students in Salem, and the monthly ice cream socials he sponsors for cancer patients and their families at Mass. General Hospital in Danvers.
Healey commended Gould's business as well, suggesting that "there is not an organization around that has not benefitted generous donations of ice cream and gift certificates in support of their fundraisers."
"While many people are generous with their time and talent, Tom is clearly one of those unique individuals whose involvement seems to know no bounds," Healey said. "He is passionate about his business, our community and its residents, and with a pay it forward attitude, is a role model for all of us."
Gould will be honored in November at Spinelli's in Lynnfield during the Chamber's annual dinner. For more information on the dinner, contact the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce at 978-531-0384.