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June 16, 2016
AAA and Dairy Queen® Celebrate Tenth Anniversary of the “I Got Caught” Program

Nearly One Million Children Rewarded for Safety through the Years

Burnsville, MN (June 16, 2016)- Ten years ago AAA-The Auto Club Group and Dairy Queen® joined forces to begin rewarding Minnesota children for wearing their helmets during appropriate summer activities.  The reward for being active safely– a small ice cream cone from Dairy Queen®. Now ten years later, nearly one million children have been rewarded with this tasty treat. Other partners in the program include the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and Safe Kids Minnesota.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent – yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.

“Providing children with a positive reward for safe behavior hopefully helps them develop the habit of wearing their helmet for activities like bicycling, roller blading and skateboarding, thus protecting the most important part of their body,” stated Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs, AAA- The Auto Club Group. “We know wearing a bike helmet is the best way to prevent head injuries.”

“With over 250 DQ’s DQ®  in the State of Minnesota, teaming up with AAA, the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and Safe Kids Minnesota is a wonderful way to reward our young Fans by simply wearing a helmet,” states James Braasch, Field Marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ).  “We are looking forward to another one million children being rewarded.” 

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and follow the system at Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 10.2 million friends and become a friend at

About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,700 locations in the United States, Canada and 28 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit


Gail Weinholzer
phone: 952.707.4985
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

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