ABSECON — Patrons of the Dairy Queen on the White Horse Pike may have had a brush with celebrity last Thursday when “Stranger Things” actor Gaten Matarazzo visited the ice cream parlor as part of a fundraiser.
Matarazzo, 14, of Little Egg Harbor Township, had just completed filming the series’ second season, which will premiere Oct. 27 on Netflix, and had time to make an appearance before going on a vacation to Mexico.
The Absecon Dairy Queen’s annual Miracle Treat Day benefits Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Lisa Wenz, co-owner of the Absecon location, said she raised more than $7,300 from donations and sales of balloons and Blizzard ice cream treats, $1 of which went to the hospital.
Matarazzo has a rare disorder called cleidocranial dysplasia that rendered him born without collar bones, adversely affecting his facial, skull and teeth development. Matarazzo said he has a mild, nongenetic case.