Local ice creamery sells cones for a good cause

Yes, Dairy Queen is known for its sweet ice cream treats (Blizzard, anyone?), but the ice cream chain is also committed to supporting local charities and organizations. Case in point: its 8980 No. 3 Road, Richmond location, which is involved in a number of philanthropic initiatives.

Lynn Hallgren, the manager of the store who has been with this DQ branch since 1979 (back when it was located at 8151 Anderson Road) says her co-worker, Renee, and the store’s owner, Rahul Mehta, are the ones who arrange most of the community programs.

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Every August, for instance, the store participates in DQ’s Miracle Treat Day, where all the money from the sales of DQ Blizzards is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. This network includes over 170 hospitals across North America, one of which is BC Children’s Hospital. The program raises money for medical research, health care and public awareness programs. Since 1984, Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day has raised over $100 million in donations.

Lynn says her store also sponsors local sports teams and help school’s PAC raise money by providing them gift certificates for auctions.

This commitment to philanthropy originates to when Hallgren first started working with the store in 1979. “My original boss, Ray Van Humbeck, was a very churchgoing man and he was generous to the community. He sponsored a number of initiatives including track meets.”

If you would like to work on a fundraiser with Dairy Queen’s 8980 No. 3 Road location, you can email Renee or Rahul at dqrichmond@shaw.ca

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