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Top Off Your DQ Cone to Celebrate Topping Off of CHKD’s Mental Health Hospital

Elizabeth Earley: or (757) 668-9049

 NORFOLK, Va. – As CHKD celebrates the “Topping Off” of our new mental health hospital this week, you can help support this critical project by topping off your cone at participating Dairy Queen stores throughout Hampton Roads. 

On Thursday, August 13, sales of all dipped cones at DQ will benefit CHKD as we celebrate placing the highest beam in the construction of a 60-bed, 14-story mental health hospital and outpatient center to address the mental health crisis facing our youth. 

Construction of the $224 million tower located on the same campus as CHKD’s main hospital in Norfolk began in September of 2019. When it opens in 2022, the tower will provide a full spectrum of mental health services for children, from intensive inpatient care to outpatient therapy that helps children to thrive in their own neighborhoods. 

CHKD has already been expanding its mental health staff in response to the growing needs of the community’s children. The facility will help fill a critical gap in pediatric mental health care across the state.

Top off your day with a cool dipped cone from DQ on Thursday, and help us bolster mental health services for children.


CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout its service region. In 2019, CHKD broke ground on a 60-bed, 14-story mental health hospital and outpatient center on its campus to address the mental health crisis facing our youth. The new tower being built on CHKD’s campus in Norfolk is scheduled to open in 2022. Learn more at

Mid Atlantic Dairy Queen LLC is locally owned and operated based out of Franklin, VA.  Owners include Mitch Sandlin, Tom Morrisette, and Dairy Queen of Virginia. Operating 14 stores in seven cities, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Queen employs over 300 people and has been serving Hampton Roads for nearly 50 years.  Mid-Atlantic Dairy Queen strives to give people excellent service and a lasting memory with the DQ brand. Learn more at