Miracle Treat Day
By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor
With the temperature topping out in the mid-80s, it was a perfect day to stop and get a bit of ice cream. For thousands in the Mandan-Bismarck area, there was another reason to stop in to the Mandan Dairy Queen to purchase a Blizzard: Aug. 14 marked the annual Miracle Treat Day.
Joining up with Dairy Queen’s around the nation, the Mandan location participated with donating $2 to the Sanford’s Children Hospital via the Children’s Miracle Network, for every Blizzard sold.
Last year, the Mandan Dairy Queen saw a great amount of success, by not only breaking their own store record, but also by being leading the North Dakota-Minnesota area in donations.
This year, they capitalized on their success, by once again breaking their own store record. Having sold 3,343 Blizzards throughout the day, the store was able to donate around $7,000 to the Sanford’s Children Hospital. While the Mandan Dairy Queen was just shy of their goal of 3,500 treats sold, they still managed to churn out nearly 150 Blizzards per hour.
A number of special guests were present at the Dairy Queen throughout the day.
Representing the Children’s Miracle Network, Hannah Miller spent a few hours meeting with patrons. Hannah, a nine-year-old girl from Bismarck, was the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals N.D. Champion.
Also making an appearance was Miss North Dakota, Jacky Arness, and Miss State Capitol, Abigail Berglund.
Having come to the area as part of the 125th Birthday Celebration of North Dakota, they decided to come out and show their support for the Miracle Treat Day.
“The Children’s Miracle Network is the official platform for Miss America,” Arness said. “So we wanted to come out and show our support.”
For many, seeing Arness and Berglund was quite a surprise, but a welcomed one. Taking the chance to have their photographs with the two, both young and old took out their cameras to snap pictures.
“We knew that it was Miracle Treat Day, but we didn’t know they (Miss North Dakota and Miss State Capitol) would be here,” Dot Frank said. “It was nice to meet them.
Besides coming out to make an appearance, both Arness and Berglund also added to the total sale of Blizzards by purchasing one themselves as well.
“It’s a great way to get out and help, and have some great treats,” Arness said.
Children’s Miracle Network
This year marks the 30th year that Dairy Queen has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network. Throughout the course of this partnership, over $100 million has been raised to help support local hospitals.