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Ice Cream Giveaway, Part of Tasty Charity Fundraiser

by on March 16, 2015 12:30 PM

It may not feel like ice cream weather just yet, but a State College ice cream vendor will put some spring in your step -- and it won't cost you a cent.

The Dairy Queen on West Aaron Drive is giving away free ice cream cones all day long Monday as part of a big anniversary celebration, and the company is turning it into a national charity fundraiser.

"We're giving away a free small cone," says Dairy Queen Store Manager Bobbie Wellar. "You have a choice between vanilla, chocolate or twist."

The cones are free, but Dairy Queen's across the country are asking customers to consider making a donation to the Children's Miracle Network which helps kids at 170 hospitals nationwide.

Money raised in State College will go to the Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville.

Vanessa Houser, a coordinator with Children's Miracle Network, says there's also a direct benefit for children in State College. "They don't have to travel to Geisinger in Danville," she says. "They can be seen at Geisinger Gray's Woods on Abigail Lane. ... The money will not only support the hospital but also pediatric outreach services."

Dairy Queen is celebrating its 75th anniversary and since Monday is the 75th day of 2015, somebody decided that free ice cream would be a great way to observe the anniversary.

"We're hoping to give away a lot," says Wellar. "We want to get as many people in the door as we can. We ordered in 3,000 cones just for today."

The State College Dairy Queen normally sells about 100 small cones in a typical day.

When the shop opened at 10 a.m. the very first customer who walked in the door came for a free cone.

Two-year-old Ava Pennino was the third person to pick up a freebie. She smiled coyly while chewing her cone pretty much down to the nub.

Ava's mom, Beth Pennino of State College says, "She's loving it. We figured why not have free ice cream for a morning treat?"

According to Dairy Queen's website the company has raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over the past 30 years.

"The Dairy Queen in State College is one of our best supporters," says Houser. "They are one of our highest-rated Dairy Queens based on the amount of money they raise."


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