Panera Bread will team up with a local hospital and organization to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
Panera will make its signature Pink Ribbon Bagels during the month of October, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Pink Ribbon Girls and the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.
The 13 locations in Dayton will donate 100 percent of the proceeds on Oct. 3.
Last year, more than 23,000 Pink Ribbon bagels were sold for the cause in Dayton Panera Bread cafes.
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“We make this campaign a priority every year for a reason,” said Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based franchisee of Panera Bread. “The funds raised by the Pink Ribbon Bagel are helping to save the lives of local women with breast cancer. There’s no better feeling than knowing you can help make difference.”
Pink Ribbon Girls provide free direct services to patients and their families undergoing breast and other women’s reproductive cancer treatment through their programs.
Mikki Clancy, chief operating officer of Miami Valley Hospital, survived breast cancer and said she benefited from the services of Pink Ribbon Girls and the hospital.
“Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital were a godsend in my treatment and recovery,” she said. “Supporting these community assets serves hundreds of local patients in their fight against cancer.”
Shaped in the form of the iconic pink ribbon, the signature Pink Ribbon bagels feature cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and are baked fresh each morning by Panera bakers at each bakery.