SOURCE: Covelli Enterprises, Franchisee of Panera Bread LLC - Columbus

Covelli Enterprises, Franchisee of Panera Bread LLC - Columbus

April 09, 2015 10:32 ET

Panera Bread Helps "Piece" Together Funds for Autism Speaks of Central Ohio

Panera Bread Puzzle Piece Cookies to Be Sold April 13-19 With 100% of the Proceeds Benefitting the Cause

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwired - Apr 9, 2015) -  In keeping with its long standing commitment of giving back to the community, Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based franchisee of Panera Bread, is partnering again with Autism Speaks of Central Ohio during Autism Awareness month to raise money for research, awareness and advocacy programs.

Starting Monday, April 13 through Sunday, April 19, 100% of the proceeds from all 'Pieces of Hope' cookie sales will be donated to Autism Speaks. The 'Pieces of Hope' puzzle piece cookie has been specially designed to represent the symbol for autism and will be sold in all cafes in the Columbus/Central Ohio region.

Last year's 'Pieces of Hope' cookie campaign resulted in a $38,000 donation to Autism Speaks of Central Ohio. The campaign has raised more than $150,000 locally since it began in 2011.

"At Autism Speaks, our mission is to improve the lives of those living with autism spectrum disorders. Because of the donations and public awareness that Covelli Enterprises/Panera Bread graciously brings to our organization, we are steps closer to our goal," said Sheri Weithman, Columbus Field Director for Autism Speaks. 

"We are proud to support Autism Speaks of Central Ohio during National Autism Awareness Month," said Sam Covelli, Owner/Operator of Covelli Enterprises. "The Covelli team of expert bakers crafted the specialty cookie as a way to show support for those affected by autism in our communities. That is what we strive to do at Panera Bread, make a positive difference in the community through our products and bakery-cafes."

Throughout the month of April, Panera Bread will also be collecting community cashbox donations at the registers of all of its local cafés to raise additional funds for the cause.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. www.AutismSpeaks.org.

About Covelli Enterprises
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 Bread, LLC. Covelli Enterprises donated more than $23 million in 2014 to local food banks and non-profit organizations. www.covelli.com

Contact Information

  • Liz Fiorino
    Covelli Enterprises
    6693 Sawmill Road
    Dublin, OH 43017
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