Miss America Visits Children in New Jersey Hospital for Miracle Treat Day

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Miss America 2013, Mallory Hytes Hagan, delivers Blizzards of miracles to patients at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital on DQ. Miracle Treat Day Eighth annual fundraiser benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

A young patient at PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick New Jersey enjoys a visit with Miss America 2013, Mallory Hytes Hagan during national Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day

It was a true pleasure visiting the children here at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital. Seeing the joy on their faces as we handed out the Blizzards touched me knowing that we were able to make their day just a little bit brighter.

Miss America 2013, Mallory Hytes Hagan, a national goodwill ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, visited patients at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and delivered blizzard ice cream treats during the eighth annual Dairy Queen® Miracle Treat Day, August 8, 2013. On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Children’s Specialized Hospital will receive donations made in central and northern New Jersey Dairy Queens. In 2012, 29 North and Central NJ Dairy Queens participated in Miracle Treat Day and raised $19,448 for Children’s Specialized Hospital. This year, 38 North and Central NJ Dairy Queens have signed up to participate in Miracle Treat Day. These donations will help the hospital provide life changing services to children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses.

“It was a true pleasure visiting the children here at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital,” said Hagan. “Seeing the joy on their faces as we handed out the Blizzards touched me knowing that we were able to make their day just a little bit brighter.”

Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, helping with fundraising and visiting hospitalized children. Miss Hagan served as the honorary spokesperson for DQ® Miracle Treat Day.

Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital thanks everyone who supports Miracle Treat Day.

“We look forward to Miracle Teat Day each year because it brings national awareness to the thousands of medically complex children we treat each year and the tremendous need for support," Mansue said. "Miracle Treat Day has become such a celebration of life and hope, as well as a fundraiser that draws support from people from all walks of life who are eager to help the children in their cities and towns who need it the most. Thank you Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Dairy Queen system for your continued collaboration and for everyone who buys a Blizzard in honor of our kids.”

Since 1984, Dairy Queen has raised over $97 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – including $5 million from Miracle Treat Day in 2012. The money raised in New Jersey on Miracle Treat Day will support rehabilitative services for disabled children at Children’s Specialized Hospital locations throughout the state.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care. Learn more at http://www.CMNHospitals.org or http://www.childrens-specialized.org/.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has nine sites in New Jersey and treats 19,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system of its kind in the nation. Services include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities. Children's Specialized Hospital is a proud member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information, visit http://www.childrens-specialized.org; find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at http://www.CMNHospitals.org/.

About ADQ:
American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,000 Dairy Queen® stores in the United States, Canada and 18 other countries. ADQ is part of the Berkshire Hathaway family, a company owned by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit http://www.DairyQueen.com/.

About Miss America
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance, helping young women all across the country to reach their dreams and goals. For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org/.

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