$13,000 raised from DQ Treat Day




By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner

The little bit of ice cream makes for a nice treat on a hot summer day. For many people in Neepawa, that treat likely tasted just a little bit sweeter recently when its purchase meant you were helping out a good cause.

On Thursday Aug 13, 2,566 Blizzards were sold at the Dairy Queen restaurant in Neepawa. It was part of Miracle Treat Day, an annual event that sees 100 percent of the proceeds from every Blizzard sold donated to local Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals. In total, $13,009.18 was raised locally from the day. Neepawa Dairy Queen owner/manager Pam Brown said it was an incredible event.

“It has been great. The community was just so amazing with its generosity. Every year, it seems to get bigger and busier,” Brown said. “There were a few times [during the day] when we had people coming in for a third or fourth time to buy a blizzard.”

Brown also thanked all the employees and volunteers for the work they did to ensure Treat Day was a success.

Several members of the Neepawa Natives junior ‘A’ hockey club were among those giving their time to a worthy cause. Among them was new head coach Jim Fuyarchuk, who spent some time serving up ice cream to patrons. He said it was nice being able to support the festivities as he acclimates himself to his new community.

“It’s been great. The people have been terrific. It’s my first interaction with many people. To be able to introduce myself and to do so while helping out an important cause, has been amazing,” said Fuyarchuk.

Since 2005, the Neepawa’s Dairy Queen has raised $100,067.14.  According to the Miracle Treat Day web site, since 1984, DQ customers across North America have raised $100 million in support for sick and injured children.