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Frosty treats and balloons to benefit Doernbecher posted on 07/01/2019

Each July, yellow balloons cover the walls and windows of Rhododendron’s Dairy Queen franchise. These Miracle Treat Balloons are sold by the franchise through July 25 with all balloon sales benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a passion project,” said Angela Harrell, franchise owner. Angela and her husband Zack purchased the Rhododendron Dairy Queen in 2018 and are third generation owners of the business. “We’re trying to do what we can to make (the fundraiser) a big deal.”

In 2018 the Rhododendron Dairy Queen was a silver level fundraiser, raising between $2,500 and $3,499 for the children’s hospital. The store was one of the top five franchises in the Pacific Northwest region in donations that year. This year Harrell stated their goal is to become a gold level fundraiser, with hopes of raising more than $3,500 in donations.

Community members are invited to visit the store on Miracle Treat Day, July 25 when one dollar of each Blizzard ice cream treat sold at the franchise is donated to the hospital. Customers receive two $1 coupons good at any Dairy Queen in Oregon for their charitable contribution when a balloon is purchased.

On July 24, the Harrells and franchise employees will visit Doernbecher and hand out free Blizzards to hospital employees, patients and patient’s families.  Last year they handed out 1,400 free Blizzards at the hospital.

“It’s been close to my heart since I was young,” Harrell said about her ongoing involvement with the fundraiser. “Our little mountain community does some big things.”

By Benjamin Simpson/MT

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