Dairy Queen donating to Shands two ways


Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital will get a $200,000 donation from Dairy Queen, thanks to the help of the owners of some South Florida franchises.

This year, Dairy Queen franchisees raised $400,000 at their annual conference through silent and live auctions bidding on packages donated by the company's vendors. The money raised is split to benefit two hospitals nationwide in the Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The hospitals are selected by raffle.

This year, Robert and Janet Wesch, who own four Dairy Queen locations in the West Palm Beach area, had a single ticket in that raffle and won the chance to select a hospital. Their choice was Shands, the hospital that owners in their area of the state raised money for through fundraising drives like Dairy Queen's annual Miracle Treat Day.

A ceremony at the children's hospital Friday will commemorate the donation, with International Dairy Queen President and CEO John Gainor and Robert Wesch in attendance.

Today, Dairy Queen will be in the midst of another fundraising effort for Shands. As part of the annual Miracle Treat Day, six restaurants will donate a portion of the money from each Blizzard treat sold to Shands.

The participating Dairy Queens are: 3960 Archer Road; 9700 NW 39th Ave., 24252 W. Newberry Road, Newberry; 316 Mexican Drive, Cross City; 2590 W. Old U.S. 441, Mount Dora; and 817 S. Ohio Ave., Live Oak.

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