Panera Bread Raised over $21,000 for Connecticut Cancer Patients in October 2015
November 10, 2015 – Panera Bread’s 16 owner-operated bakery-cafes in Connecticut helped raise over $21,000 during the month of October 2015 to support local families battling cancer. Panera Bread held its annual, month-long Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign leading up to its 5th annual SPOOK-A-THON family fundraiser, both benefiting the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer.
For the third consecutive year, the Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign has received the support of basketball analyst and former UCONN/WNBA star Rebecca Lobo. Panera donates 25 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased during the month of October. At SPOOK-A-THON held on October 24, participants “dressed up to scare cancer” at the Halloween Costume Parade and enjoyed other Halloween-themed activities at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.
Both initiatives raised a total of $21,008 which will help local families fighting cancer through the efforts of the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer, the Backus Hospital Cancer Center, and Daniel’s Courage which supports SPOOK-A-THON Ambassador, 13-year old Daniel Walsh of Griswold, CT.
“October is a special time for us to continue this 13-year tradition of the Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign, plus see our local SPOOK-A-THON event grow in popularity each year,” said Wendy Kopp, Panera/Howley Bread Group Director of Marketing. “We are grateful to our sponsors, customers and employees for joining together to support local families battling cancer.”
In total, Panera/Howley Bread Group’s 28 owner-operated cafes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have collectively donated over $5,700,000 in food and funds to community charities during the last year.
Howley Bread Group owns and operates a total of 28 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut. During the last year, Panera/Howley Bread Group’s cafes have collectively donated over $5,700,000 in food and funds to community charities, including The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford, CT; Children’s Friend, Providence, RI; Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer; Feeding America through local partners including Foodshare, Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, and Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and Muscular Dystrophy through B's Mobility Ride and Ryan's Hope for a Cure Charitable Foundation. Additionally, gift card and food donations were made to local non-profit organizations through Panera/Howley Bread Group’s donations department and end-of-day baked goods were donated to more than 80 churches and shelters across the company’s 28 cafes.