Doctors assess, diagnose, and treat their patients day-in and day-out, but if you live in Queens County, your doctor might also cook and serve hot dogs. Every year as part of our Hospital Hustle, our Queens General Hospital doctors come together to create Docs’ Dogs, a hot dog stand outside of the curling rink.
“This is a really fun event that brings the community together and raises money for the hospital,” said Dr. Andy Blackadar. “It’s a great way for us to fundraise for the equipment and updates that the hospital needs, and for us to connect with our friends and neighbours.”
Docs’ Dogs started in 1979, the same year as the Hospital Hustle. Both events have continued for 40 years with the exception of 2020 due to the pandemic. The Hospital Hustle is organized each year by the Hospital Auxiliary in efforts to continue to fundraise for the hospital. The event, which also includes a flea market and an auction, makes anywhere between $14,000 – $18,000 each year.
“Our community has such a great sense of ownership over the facility. It may be a small community, but the impact of their donations is huge.”