PLAINFIELD, NJ - With Spring just around the corner, Dairy Queen® celebrated its 75th anniversary on Monday by giving away free ice cream cones. The rapid and steady flow of customers kept staff at Plainfield’s DQ® busy with lines leading out the store and into the parking lot.

Each customer received a free ice cream cone with their choice of vanilla, chocolate, or vanilla and chocolate swirl. Customers had an option of adding sprinkles to their ice cream cones for an additional charge.

Although the cones were free, customers were asked to make a charitable contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an international non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for local children's hospitals. Those present to help Dairy Queen® celebrate its 75th anniversary and collect donations and contributions were Melissa Hoffman (Miss Eastern Shore 2015) and  Brielle Morgan (Miss Ramapo Valley 2015).

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Plainfield’s Dairy Queen®, a family-owned business run by the Albanese family, opened its doors in 1975 and has been serving the Plainfield community since. When asked about her business and involvement in the community, Donna Albanese, Owner and Cake Decorator at the Plainfield Dairy Queen location, said, “We’ve been in business since 1975. I started working at Dairy Queens with my parents when I was sixteen years old. My son also works here which makes him the third generation.”

Albanese serves as President of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, Vice President for the Plainfield Special Improvement District and as a Salvation Army Board member. According to Albanese, “Dairy Queen has donated over 900 bicycles to those in need [through the Salvation Army]. If you have a bike you can donate we will refurbish it and give it a new home; any size and any condition. Just drop it off or give us a call.”