NILES - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Covelli Enterprises and Panera Bread are donating of the proceeds from Pink Ribbon Bagel sales to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Youngstown.
Earlier this month, Panera held a ''Go Pink Day'' to kick off the event at all six Mahoning Valley Panera Bread bakery-cafes.
Last year, the Go Pink event resulted in a one-day total of 16,500 bagels sold and more than $14,000 raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year, the event benefited the JACBCC through YSU's Zeta Tau Alpha Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic.
Panera officials said throughout the rest of October, Panera Bread cafes will continue to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from each pink ribbon bagel sold to the JACBCC in support of Joanie's Promise, a fund that will help make the life-saving services of the JACBCC accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay.
"We appreciate the generosity of Covelli Enterprises and the continued support of the community. It is through events like the Panerathon and the Go Pink bagel sales that we get closer to achieving the center's primary goal: to decrease the breast cancer mortality rate in our own geographical area," said Juliane Dulay of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
The JACBCC is also the recipient of funds from the Panerathon, which included 6,000 people this past August and raised more than $200,000 for the Joanie's Promise Fund.