Celebration to be held March 16 at participating locations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – What better way is there to celebrate warmer temperatures and welcome spring than with a free ice cream cone? In honor of its 75th anniversary, Dairy Queen is hosting Free Cone Day on Monday, March 16, and collecting donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).

On Monday, participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill and Chill locations will serve fans a free small vanilla soft-serve cone (limit one per customer) and request donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Nineteen locations in West Virginia and Ohio will collect funds for WVU Children’s Hospital at Ruby Memorial, the only CMN hospital in West Virginia.

Ice cream enthusiasts in Beckley, Bridgeport, Fairmont, Gassaway, Hurricane, Morgantown, Ravenswood, Reedsville, Ripley, St. Albans, Terra Alta, and Weston in West Virginia and Barnesville, Bridgeport, and St. Clairsville in Ohio can support WVU Children’s Hospital with their Free Cone Day donations.

For more information on Free Cone Day and to find a Dairy Queen location near you, visit www.dairyqueen.com.

About ADQ:
American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,400 Dairy Queen stores in the United States, Canada and 25 other countries. ADQ is part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit DairyQueen.com.

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 CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About WVU Children’s Hospital:
WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.

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For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
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