UPDATE: Tim Hortons Pulls Sponsorship from Anti-LGBT Event! I received this email from corporate:
Came across your blog and wanted to forward this official statement for clarification. Please see below…
Recently, Tim Hortons was approached in Rhode Island to provide free coffee and products for a local event, as we do thousands of times a year across Canada and the United States.
Fro 45 years, Tim Hortons and its store owners have practiced a philosophy of giving back to the communities in which we operate. As a company, our primary focus is on helping children and supporting fundraising events for non-profit organizations and registered charities.
For this reason, Tim Hortons has not sponsored those groups representing religious groups, political affiliates or lobby groups.
It has come to our attention that the Rhode Island event organizer and purpose of the event, fall outside of our sponsorship guidelines. As such, Tim Hortons cannot provide support at the event.
Tim Hortons and its store owners have always welcomed all families and communities to its restaurants and will continue to do so. We apologize for any misunderstanding or inconvenience this may have caused.
Corporate Communications Coordinator
The TDL Group Corp. (Tim Hortons)
Get a load of this insipid nonsense from NOM Rhode Island. For $10 bucks you have have BBQ and watermelon with special guest keynoter Maggie ‘Moneybags’ Gallagher of NOM national.
Marriage Day at the Aldrich Mansion
Stand with us for marriage on Sunday, August 16!
The Marriage Day Celebration will include live worship music, guest speakers, plenty of food, and activities for children. Tickets will be sold for a cook-out style meal but attendees can also bring a picnic. The highlight of the Sunday afternoon event will be an opportunity for married couples to renew their vows together at a beautiful waterfront setting.
This is a great opportunity to take a stand for marriage as God ordained it. Our goal is to esteem marriage to its proper place in society and make a statement that Christians in Rhode Island believe strongly in this cherished institution.
3:00 – 5:30 pm – Children’s Venue open
Live Music / Speakers 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Local bands
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Sojourn concert
5:35 – 5:45 pm – Guest Speaker:
Maggie Gallagher, President, National Organization for Marriage
5:45 – 6:15 pm – Sojourn concert
6:15 – 6:45 pm – Wedding Renewal Ceremony
4:00 – 6:00 pm Purchased Cookout
6:45 – Close – Ice Cream Social
“Today I came across a flier from the National Organization for Marriage Rhode Island called “Celebrate Marriage and Family Day”, to be held in Warwick RI on August 16th.
The purpose of this event is to promote legislation intended to impair protections for same-sex married couples such as mine and of many friends of ours who reside in Rhode Island.
Tim Horton’s is clearly noted as a sponsor of this event on the flier. In blunt terms, this is offensive, and runs counter to the ‘Community and Goodwill’ label found on your online sponsorship guidelines which state that:
‘Tim Hortons does not sponsor individuals, those representing religious groups, political affiliates, book endorsements or traveling sports teams.’
It is disturbing to see your organization assisting a quasi-religious political campaign intent on harming loving families. Please reconsider these arrangements as you currently appear bigoted and anti-family.