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ECMC and Tim Hortons Partner Again to Support ECMC Frontline Care Services

Tim Hortons Annual Smile Cookie™ Campaign raises over $815,000 in six consecutive years to benefit ECMC.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK— For a sixth consecutive year, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and Tim Hortons® restaurants partnered to support the institution’s frontline care services, raising $121,758 during the campaign that ran May 1-7, 2023.  Over the previous years, the annual campaign has generated significant support to ECMC: 2022 – $146,745; 2021 – $135,567; 2020 – $135,879; 2019 – $167,498; and in 2018 – close to $95,000, for a six-year total of $818,815.  As in previous years, proceeds from Tim Hortons® annual Smile Cookie™ campaign throughout Western New York will go this year to ECMC’s frontline care services.  Each Smile Cookie™ costs $1.50.

Sahil Ahuja, ECMC Tim Hortons® Franchise Owner, said, “Every year, our Buffalo Tim Hortons restaurant owners and community show their dedication to supporting ECMC through our Smile Cookie Campaign. It’s truly incredible to see our community coming together every year.”   

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, President and CEO, ECMC Corporation, said, “Over the past six years, Tim Hortons partners from throughout Western New York have generously supported ECMC through the annual Smile Cookie campaign, which contributes to the lifesaving care our ECMC Family provides every day to the residents of our region. We are grateful for the Tim Hortons partners’ commitment to ensuring that the proceeds for the Smile Cookie sales support our caregivers and we are equally thankful for the thousands of Western New Yorkers who every year purchase Smile Cookies knowing their action provides direct support to ECMC.”

ABOUT TIM HORTONS®: Tim Hortons Inc., part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons® (@timhortonsus) appeals to a broad range of guest tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, delicious baked goods, grilled panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods, and other food products. Tim Hortons® has more than 4,700 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the company is available at

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.  ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care .

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