February 7, 2014

DQ honored with Queen’s Champion Award

Family owned restaurant selected over 5,000 others

February 7, 2014 Bryant Thigpen Suwannee Democrat

Live Oak —

Dairy Queen, a family owned and operated business in Live Oak, was recently honored at the Dairy Queen Expo in Hawaii with the national Queen’s Champion Award for their generous contributions to the community. The family was recognized in January.

“We have won many other awards, but this one means the most,” co-owner Suzanne Dunn said. 

According to Dairy Queen officials, the award is given to franchisees who best demonstrate pride in the brand through giving back to their local community. The award is only given every two years and only one out of 5,000 plus stores in the U.S. is chosen, and one store in Canada. Roy Guercio, on behalf of the Live Oak Dairy Queen, accepted this prestigious award. 

Guercio opened the store 21 years ago with his wife, Shirley. Since then, they have semi-retired and left their daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and John Dunn, in charge of the day-to-day operations of the business. The business still continues to play an active role in the community. 

Over the past two decades, Guercio has been involved in numerous local groups and committees. The business has also contributed to the community through monetary and food donations. 

“The thing we feel strongly about is giving back to the community,” Suzanne Dunn said. “We feel so fortunate to do business here in Live Oak and John and I feel fortunate to be able to raise our children here. Giving back to the community just goes hand-in-hand.”

Dunn said they have placed a special emphasis in supporting the children of this community. 

Guercio added, “We credit much of our growth to the positive results from our partnership with our local elementary schools and with our larger private schools.”

Dairy Queen has always opened their doors to local schools to hold fundraisers. 

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