Miracle Treat Day proceeds benefit children with disabilities

Published 10:12 am Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A portion of proceeds from every Blizzard purchased Aug. 8 at participating Dairy Queens will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as part of the eighth annual Miracle Treat Day.

All funds raised by DQ operators in Minnesota and western Wisconsin benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, the nation’s first hospital for children who have disabilities.

On Miracle Treat Day, participating DQ stores and restaurants throughout North America serve up a variety of tasty Blizzard treats. Stores donate $1 or more per Blizzard sold to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a national organization committed to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospitals. Gillette is Minnesota and western Wisconsin’s Children’s Miracle Network affiliate hospital. Last year, Gillette provided care to more than 25,000 children, including 18 in Freeborn County.

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“We hope to see flurries of activity on Aug. 8 as DQ locations throughout the region raise money for children with some of the most complex conditions in pediatric medicine,” said Darlis Clausen, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals manager at Gillette.

Participating DQ stores throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin raised nearly $200 million on Miracle Treat Day last year. The Dairy Queen system is one of the top 10 contributors to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raising more than $97 million (including more than $3 million for Gillette) since 1984. The website is miracletreatday.com.