Dunkin’ Donuts “Mug of Hope” Fundraiser a Success

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Local efforts raise $100,000 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute

BUFFALO, NY – A caffeine-fueled fundraising effort for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, launched by Dunkin’ Donuts right before the holidays, culminated today when local franchisees presented Roswell representatives with a check for $100,000. The money was raised through sales of the inaugural “Mug of Hope.”  Franchisees, Roswell staff and patients all gathered at the Institute this morning to celebrate the success of Dunkin’s fundraising efforts and support.

In addition, the Paint Box Project artists’ whose work was featured on the mug, were there for the celebration. They include Amada Bentley, Shannon Colligan, Joseph Westphal, Karissa Langridge and Allie Chimera.

Local franchisees pledged unlimited coffee refills for the entire year (a value estimated at more than $500 if used daily) to any customer who purchased the “Mug of Hope,” which was designed using artwork created by Roswell’s young artists of The Paint Box Project®.

“We know how important Roswell Park is to this community, and to communities beyond Buffalo,” said Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Mike Minigell. “The research and treatment that happen here produce miracles and hope, and we feel so lucky to have partnered with such a force in this community to raise money for research!”

“This success is another example of the generosity of individuals and corporations across Western New York,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of Roswell Park. “We are grateful to all who supported the Mug of Hope, and look forward to continued partnerships with Dunkin Donuts in the fight to save lives.”

For more information about The Paint Box Project®, visit www.paintboxproject.com.

About The Paint Box Project®
The Paint Box Project®, presented by Upstate Pharmacy, is a unique program that uses the healing power of art to help young cancer patients and their families express themselves during and after cancer treatment. Proceeds from the sale of cards and gifts inspired by the children’s artwork support the most promising cancer research and compassionate patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The program recently celebrated 20 years of inspiration born, friendships forged and messages of hope conveyed since its creation by the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board.  

About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories, and the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for four years running. The company has more than 9,000 restaurants in 30 countries worldwide. In 2009, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales more than $5.6 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Contact:
Kate Torok
716-842-2222, ext. 320
ktorok@traverscollins.com

John Senall
716-845-1038
john.senall@roswellpark.org

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org