Published: November 8, 2017
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
For a week in September each year Tim Hortons patrons have an opportunity to purchase smile cookies for just a buck. The full dollar spent goes to support a local charity, which for the past two years has been the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital Foundation.
This year, the campaign sold 2,686 cookies raising the matching amount that Foundation members say kicks off their newest fundraising goal.
“We have a big goal because the [hospital] needs new ultrasound and new x-ray equipment,” said Foundation member Murielle Goodwillie after the team accepted the donation from Tim Hortons owner Ron Parks.
The group’s newest goal is to raise $250,000 over the next five years to support the purchase of digital imaging upgrades needed at the local hospital.
Foundation Chair Audrey Blazek says fundraising efforts will continue to include the June live auction and golf tournament and the bi-annual purse auction, which was held at the same time as the Smile Cookie fundraiser this year.
Members of the Foundation, and partnership organization the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, baked and styled cookies from Sept. 11 to 17th to assist with the fundraiser and received first hand training from the Tim Hortons baking crew.
“We are trained if Ron needs additional staff,” joked Foundation member John Frostiak while offering a thank you to Parks, his wife Donna and the Tim Hortons staff as well as the community for purchasing the cookies in support of a great cause.
Seen here – (from left) Chad Pardy, Terry Bursey, Tess Pardy, Gianna Braniff, Marion Whitton, Murielle Goodwillie, Audrey Blazek, John Frostiak, Ron Parks, and Marcelo Mila pose for a photo on Nov. 3. – Photo by Jennifer Parsons