Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones on March 20 to celebrate the first day of spring – and stores that day are also taking donations to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
DQ, which is based in Minneapolis, said in a news release Monday the Free Cone Day means one small vanilla soft-serve cone at no cost, with a limit of one per customer. This is the third straight year Dairy Queen has done this, and in 2016 the company raised more than $200,000 that day alone for the hospitals.
And since 1984, the Dairy Queen system has brought in more than $110 million.
Note that some DQs won't be taking part. The release implies mall locations won't participate in Free Cone Day, and some other stores could also choose not to participate.
A spokesperson told GoMN they don't have a list of participating Minnesota stores, but said the "majority" are expected to take part. But even the stores that don't give away free cones will still be taking donations for the hospitals effort.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals comprises 170 hospitals across the U.S. and Canada, with money raised used to treat kids battling illnesses such as diabetes or cancer, or experiencing trauma.