In its 5th annual Sweet Tooth for Youth event, the Cheyenne River Youth Project partnered with Dairy Queen to raise nearly $1,700 for the organization’s programs and services to benefit CRST youth. Local Dairy Queen owner Lonnie Heier committed a donation of $1 from the sale of every Blizzard, shake/malt and large soda toward CRYP, one of the largest Native Youth programs in the country.
Also during that week, CRYP hosted a family night at DQ which included activities for the kids and games for the whole family. Additionally, there were door prizes and giveaways of DQ merchandise, while CRYP staff was on hand to register people for family memberships and provide information about the organization’s many programs and services.
“We are so proud of our ongoing partnership with Dairy Queen owner Lonnie Heier, who has been fantastic supporter of CRYP and in helping us provide a quality of life for our kids,” says Julie Garreau, founder and executive director of CRYP. “We thank him and each and every supporter who came and participated in this event, which will provide needed funding for our programs.”
“Dairy Queen and The Main both produce smiling children,” says Dairy Queen owner Lonnie Heier. “There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see a kid smiling while eating their Blizzard Treat or a kid making a shot at the Main gym. Dairy Queen and CRYP are both natural partners because they both create smiling faces and what could be better than that?”
Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota. To learn more about CRYP, visit www.lakotayouth.org.