Serving up Kindness: Dairy Queen steps up to help make miracles

November, 2016 Posted in Community, Food And Drink

By Mary Owen

Dairy Queen Staff

Dairy Queen Staff

When Nancy Hanna’s 4-year-old nephew came down with leukemia, she decided to get involved by fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Dairy Queen has been a major sponsor for Children’s Miracle Network since 1984, raising over $115 million for local hospitals,” said Hanna, who owns the Stayton Dairy Queen and three others in Salem.

Hanna was born in Myrtle Creek, Ore., graduated from South Umpqua High School, and Florida State University, and taught at Chemeketa Community College. While teaching at CCC, she moved to Scio and became involved with sheep ranching. She purchased the Stayton Dairy Queen franchise in 1981.

Carol Murphy, the manager of the Stayton DQ, “enthusiastically joined the effort” to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, Hanna said.

“She led the entire DQ crew to becoming the number two DQ store in the entire United States, raising $25,068,” she added. “Every dollar goes directly to our local children’s hospital, Doernbecher in Portland. This is an amazing testament to Carol and our customers and an amazing amount of money for a small community!”

For more than 10 years, the DQ system has celebrated Miracle Treat Day. This year, a $1 from every blizzard sold on July 28 was donated to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the United States and Canada. Funds raised through donations from DQ fans and franchisees stays local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. According to Dairy Queen, these donations help provide support for over 32 million patient visits each year to local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

For next year’s fundraiser, Hanna said she and Murphy will be asking customers and community members to join their Stayton Children’s Miracle Hall of Fame, which now includes: Power Chevrolet, Stayton; Arco AM/PM, Stayton; Umpqua Dairy, Roseburg; Les Schwab, Stayton; Dr. Mary Hararada, Albany; Cheri Kuhn, Scio; and Mary Dotter, Turner.

“These business and individuals made cash donations of $100 or more,” Hanna said.

Hanna credits Murphy and her crew with making this year’s fundraiser so successful.

“This is an annual event for DQ,” Hanna said, “so we are already talking about how to be number one in the entire Dairy Queen system next year!”

Fundraising starts again next July, and people can donate at the DQ or mail checks to: Dairy Queen, 101 Martin Drive, Stayton, OR 97302.

“We’ll mail back a receipt,” Hanna said. “Our goal is $30,000!”

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