SOURCE: Covelli Enterprises; Panera Bread

Covelli Enterprises; Panera Bread

March 31, 2014 14:23 ET

Panera Bread and the Dan Marino Foundation Touchdown for Autism

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2014) - The Dan Marino Foundation and Panera Bread will once again team up to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month and score a "Touchdown For Autism!" The Touchdown for Autism awareness and fundraising campaign will be hosted at twenty-seven Panera Bread Cafés across Broward and Palm Beach Counties. 

Panera Bread will feature an exclusive "Football" cookie menu item that will only be available in cafés from April 1st through April 7th, 2014. These one-of-a kind cookies will be sold individually or by the "Marino Dozen," 13 cookies. $1 from the sale of each cookie will benefit the Foundation.

"We are very appreciative of Panera Bread's commitment to our community and The Dan Marino Foundation. Partnering with businesses, like Panera, makes all the difference in creating positive awareness and support." said Dan Marino, Chairman of the Dan Marino Foundation.

Over the last three years with the support of its customers and the community Panera Bread has raised more than $117,000 for The Dan Marino Foundation.

"We are very excited about this program because of what The Dan Marino Foundation means to the South Florida Community," said Sam Covelli of Covelli Enterprises, Owner Operator of Panera Bread in Broward & Palm Beach Counties. "It's great to continue a wonderful partnership like this knowing the funds raised stay local."

Covelli Enterprises operates more than 250 Panera Bread bakery-cafés in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ontario, Canada. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the nation's largest franchisee of Panera, LLC. Covelli Enterprises donated over $19 million to charity in 2013 through food and monetary donations to local food banks and non-profit organizations. To learn more about Covelli Enterprises, visit

The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established in 1992 by Dan and Claire Marino, motivated by their experiences in raising their son, Michael, who is diagnosed with autism. The Foundation's mission is "empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities." For over 22 years, the Foundation has served individuals with disabilities in South Florida through therapies, research, education, and employment, and raised more than $47 million to create unique and impactful initiatives in the community. For more information, please visit

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