JAMESTOWN — In what has been an annual tradition since 1996, local Tim Hortons restaurants will be selling smile cookies with proceeds benefiting the UPMC Maternity Ward.
Starting Monday, Sept. 14 and running through Sunday, Sept. 20, Tim Hortons restaurants will raise money for UPMC Chautauqua’s Maternity Department.
As part of its annual Smile Cookie fundraiser, Tim Hortons will be selling chocolate chunk Smile Cookies decorated with blue eyes and a pink smile for $1 (plus tax), with the full $1 amount going to help local communities of each restaurant. Last year, the campaign raised more than $7.8 million.
“We are very honored the Tim Horton’s local ownership chose us as their recipient for this program,” said Megan Barone, Director of Development. “They wanted to make an impact in technological advances for our maternity department, specifically our newborns. We were looking to upgrade our vital signs monitors that interface with medical records. This makes it more of a streamline process and aligns with our mission of ensuring state of the art technology and offering advances in healthcare for our patients. We are very excited this will happen sooner than later with their fundraising efforts.”
“Tim Hortons is a brand that has been built up town by town and city by city over the last 55 years and this is one of many initiatives that allow us to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Our guests, and our team members feel incredibly proud knowing that the money raised during the campaign directly supports local causes that will impact so many,” Blake Tarana, owner stated. “We are very proud we will be able to donate $25,000 to support our local community hospital’s maternity unit.”
“We are truly grateful that Tim Horton’s and the Tarana family have chosen UPMC Chautauqua as a partner for this year’s campaign. They have a long proud history of giving back to our community.” stated Cecil Miller, VP of Operations at UPMC Chautauqua.
To support UPMC Chautauqua’s Maternity Department directly, visit WCAFoundationJamestown.org, or contact Megan Barone, director of development at Baronema3@upmc.edu.
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