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Dairy Queen’s Fourth Annual Free Cone Day Supports GHS Children’s Hospital

GREENVILLE, S.C. — On March 20, Dairy Queen will celebrate the first official day of spring by supporting Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) with its fourth annual Free Cone Day.

Participating Dairy Queen locations across the Upstate will be providing free soft-serve vanilla ice-cream cones all day as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. Customers are encouraged to give a donation of any size while at the restaurant in support of the nonprofit organization which raises funds and awareness for hospitals providing 32 million treatments each year to children across the U.S. and Canada.

GHS Children’s Hospital is a local Children’s Miracle Network member that will receive a portion of the funds raised during Free Cone Day. The hospital encourages community members to mark their calendars and support the healthcare of upstate children.

“Due to Children’s Miracle Network campaigns, we have been able to expand our Child Life program and increase the comfort level of our patients,” said Robin Lacroix, MD, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital. “We are thankful for the years of support we’ve received from the Children’s Miracle Network and hope the upcoming Free Cone Day is highly successful.”

Since 1984, Dairy Queen has raised more than $130 million for a network of more than 170 children’s hospitals. Funds will support programs and research as well as the purchase of toys, equipment and other items needed to provide for patients and families involved with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

“We are proud to partner with an organization that creates such a significant impact,” said Maria Hokanson, American Dairy Queen Corporation’s executive vice president of marketing. “Free Cone Day is about so much more than ice-cream; it’s about supporting the Children’s Miracle Network and its excellent work.”


About Greenville Health System

Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit for more information.


About IDQ

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,800 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffet, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit


About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and


Heather is the owner of Charlie Mason Entertainment in Upstate South Carolina. Entities include Upstate Exposures Magazine, Charlie Mason Radio, and the Northwest Corner Podcast.

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