John Gainor, president and CEO of International Dairy Queen, Inc., delivered a sweet treat to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: a check for $100,000. The donation was made on behalf of the Dairy Queen system.
“For 28 years, the Dairy Queen system has been committed to raising funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and we are so proud to present this check to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC,” Gainor says. “These funds will make a significant impact on the services and equipment the hospital needs every day to help children and families in this community."
Among those who joined Gainor for the presentation were Cherise Sandrock, store manager of the Dairy Queen in Finleyville, and Chris Gessner, president of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Sandrock was chosen at random to direct funds raised at DQ’s recent national convention. Sandrock chose her local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where her 14 year-old cousin Willis Walker is a patient.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is one of 170 hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Dairy Queen system is one of the top 10 contributors to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, having raised more than $90 million since 1984.
The Dairy Queen system’s largest fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is Miracle Treat Day, now in its 7th year, to be held on Thursday, July 26. On that day, participating Dairy Queen locations across the U.S. and Canada will donate $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.