PITTSBURGH - Panera Bread is teaming up with the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation to fight breast cancer in October through the sale of pink ribbon bagels.
Starting Tuesday through Oct. 31, the 29 western Pennsylvania Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate a portion of proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold to support the Patient Navigator program funded by Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.
The program acts as a support network for any newly diagnosed cancer patients. For more information and to preorder Pink Ribbon bagels, click here.
In addition, a competition between Pittsburgh and Cleveland will take place during the month of October.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke are supporting the cause and encouraging all Pittsburgh community members to support their city and breast cancer awareness by purchasing Pink Ribbon Bagels.
The city that purchases the most Pink Ribbon Bagels in October will receive an additional $10,000 charity donation from Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises.
"Pittsburgh's residents are known for reaching out and helping their neighbors, and this partnership is a great opportunity for them to do just that," Ravenstahl said. "As the 'City of Champions,' we can be a competitive city, and I'm confident that our businesses and residents will band together to embrace this campaign and join the fight against breast cancer. I'd also like to thank Panera Bread for teaming up with the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation to benefit Pittsburgh's breast cancer patients and survivors."
"Panera Bread is honored to raise money for such a worthwhile cause. This campaign is about doing our part in helping to provide resources to programs for those who have already been affected by breast cancer," said Sam Covelli, owner/operator of Covelli Enterprises. "We are proud that all proceeds raised by this campaign will support breast cancer survivors locally in the Pittsburgh community."
Shaped in the form of the iconic pink ribbon, Pink Ribbon Bagels feature cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar, and are baked fresh each morning by Panera's bakers at each bakery-cafe.
This is the fifth year the Pittsburgh-area Panera Bread bakery-cafes are supporting the Patient Navigator programs through the sale of the Pink Ribbon Bagels.
During the months of October, November and December, the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation is the recipient of the Operation Doughnation canisters in each of the Western Pennsylvania bakery-cafes. All money raised will support the Patient Navigator program funded by Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.