Eat Food, Help Kids

Two local restaurant chains, one known for barbecue and the other for ice cream, will hold fundraisers this coming week aimed at helping children who are receiving medical treatment. Your dining dollars can make a difference.

On Tuesday, July 28, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q will donate 5 percent of all sales from its Wake and Johnston County locations to the nonprofit Me Fine Foundation.

The mission of the Me Fine Foundation is to provide necessary resources and financial assistance to parents and caregivers with children being treated by Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

This financial support includes mortgage/rent assistance to prevent eviction, utility payments to halt disconnection, grocery bills, payment of medical bills, and help with final expenses.

“We’re humbled by the support and generosity of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. Beyond the financial support, leveraging their stellar brand to support our organization is immeasurable,” said Joey Powell, executive director of the Me Fine Foundation.

For a list of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q locations in Wake and Johnston County, visit

For more information on the Me Fine Foundation, including the 2015 Me Fine Gala set for Sept. 26, call (919) 202-0086 or visit

Ice Cream Too

Then, on Thursday, July 30, Triangle Dairy Queen will raise money for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, to mark the 10th anniversary of Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day, a nationwide event that raises funds to support more than 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across North America.

Proceeds from each Blizzard purchased at a Triangle DQ location on July 30 will be donated to the Duke Children’s Hospital and used for research, care and support programs to help families and children.

Andrew Valkanoff, owner and operator of Triangle DQ, will also visit Duke Children’s Hospital on Miracle Treat Day to give ice cream to children, families and employees at the hospital.

“Over the past nine years, we have raised more than $100,000 for the Duke Children’s Hospital through Miracle Treat Day, and we take pride in knowing that our donation is going to make a significant difference in the lives of children right here in North Carolina,” said Valkanoff.

Participating Triangle DQ Grill & Chill locations are 631 Walnut St., Cary; 1008 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Morrisville; and 5260 New Bern Ave., Raleigh.

All three locations will offer face-painting artists on Miracle Treat Day, and the New Bern Avenue location will host a cruise-in car show at 4 p.m.

For more information, see

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