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Panera's pink-ribbon bagels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Panera Bread Co. is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will sell its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel, a twist on the Cherry Vanilla Bagel, a mix of cherry chips, dried cherries, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. A portion of the proceeds of the Pink Ribbon bagel will be donated to local nonprofits across the country. 

Erin Barnhart, community relations manager for a Panera Bread franchise based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said each participating market has its own breast cancer partners.

"The partner really does make a difference," she said. "We appreciate our local partners, as their support can make all the difference in achieving our goals of building awareness and raising funds for treatment and research."

Panera has more than 1,600 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia. 

Select markets offer a 100 percent donation day, during which the entirety of that day's sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels is donated to breast cancer focused organizations, according to Panera's website.

In Dayton, Ohio, proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Pink Ribbon Girls and the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

"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 Dayton-area Panera Bread restaurants. "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."

Twelve participating West Virginia area Panera locations will donate to Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

"We are so excited to partner with Panera Bread for the sixth year to raise funds and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month," said Donna DeHart, executive director West Virginia Susan G. Komen. "The Pink Ribbon Bagels are always a big hit with our survivors, volunteers, grantees and supporters. Money raised from the October campaign will be used to provide uninsured and under-insured West Virginians with life-saving screenings and awareness."

According to the Panera website, the franchise has raised tens of thousands of dollars for breast cancer partners through Pink Ribbon Bagel campaigns in the past 10 years.

"It's not a hard sell," Barnhart said. "People want to be involved in whatever way they can. That's what's so great about the Pink Ribbon Bagel. People might say, 'I can't write a check, but I can buy a bagel.'"


Support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer With Kia Big 3

WBLI, WBAB are pleased to support KIA BIG 3 in their partnership with the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness of breast cancer on Long Island.  We have created a vehicle to celebrate the event as well as all breast cancer survivors.  Look for our Kia Big 3 “Survivor Soul” all over Long Island.  Make a donation and put a breast cancer survivor’s name right on the car! All donations will go to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.  If you would like to participate on Long Island there are two opportunities.  Simply click on the link to register to walk or donate.  


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century. 

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Join millions of people in more than 300 communities nationwide and take that step with us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Long Island, NY walk. Just a few hours of your time at our non-competitive, 5 mile event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.

Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Sign up today and let’s finish the fight against breast cancer.

2015 Sticky Finger Run Photos & Videos

Once again the Long Island motorcycle community showed up in droves to support the fight against breast cancer.

Check out the photos and videos from the event! 

All proceeds benefit the Fortunato Breast Health Center at Mather Hospital. 

Check out this time lapse from the event! Courtesy John Puglisi

Posted by John Puglisi on Monday, July 20, 2015

Join Adventureland's Helping Hands Foundation in supporting Long Island Cares!

Join Adventureland's Helping Hands Foundation in supporting Long Island Cares! For the entire month of July, bring nonperishable food items to Adventureland for a chance to win a 2015 Season Pass! For every three items you donate, you get one entry to win! Two winners will be chosen on July 31st! Visit Adventureland-dot-U-S-SLASH-Food-Drive for a list of most needed items!

Get more info here! 

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