Jana and Pat Mulherin Fund

By Maura Teynor

February 20, 2019

Jana and Pat Mulherin recently established a donor-advised fund at the Richland County Foundation.  When asked why they did it, they both replied, “We want to continue to give back to our community.  There are a lot of positive things happening here that gives us hope for future generations.”

“Our fourth generation family business, Mansfield Dairy Queen, has been here for over 70 years.  The community has been good to us and we want to do our part.  We were both born and raised here so it is important to us to make sure Richland County continues to grow and prosper.” Pat said.

Before taking over the Dairy Queen Glessner location from his father in 1987, Pat spent several years in local banking and industry with accounting and finance.  Jana started working for United Telephone and left 17 years later when it was Sprint as Staff Administrator Complex Training.

“It is nice to show that people of ordinary means like us can make an impact.  The needs and opportunities of a community change over time.  When everyone pulls together, we can do great things to meet those needs.  We’re excited about the future.” said Jana.

For many people, a job at the DQ is their first job.  A first job there provides the opportunity to learn interpersonal skills, self-confidence to become a valued employee.  The Mulherin’s believe their success in this community is due to the people here; their customers, their employees and their families. 

They like knowing their gift to the Richland County Foundation will continue to benefit their community forever.

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