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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.'"


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Back to School Bash: Get Involved

WFTV9 Family Connection and Star 94.5 is proud to be supporting Hope Now International's annual FREE Back to School Bash. The event has been moved from the Amway Center to the Citrus Bowl this year. The event will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 8am-Noon. Last year more than 8,000 local students received free backpacks full of school supplies along with free haircuts, immunizations and health screenings. We need your help! You can sponsor a student for just $10! We want to thank the community for the overwhelming response the past week when the event was in jeopardy. We are happy to announce the event will go on!

We are thankful for so many companies who have stepped up to help out last minute. Those companies include Office Depot Foundation, Nemours Children's Hospital, Costco and many more. Many local individuals have also donated to help.

Get involved! You can sponsor a student for just $10! To DONATE: click here! . We are also looking for businesses who want to get involved and show these children how important they are in our community. If you can help, visit Hope Now online at

The event needs hundreds of volunteers as well. To VOLUNTEER: click here!

 The event is crucial in our community so we need the community's support to make sure students have the tools they need to start off a successful school year.

To register for immunizations, click here!

For more, visit

Tour the Track


SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012   


Rev up engines for a charity motorcycle event to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida! Motorcyclists will ride to Daytona International Speedway for a pace car-led celebratory lap around the track, receive an event gift, enjoy music, a silent auction and BBQ lunch!

Here's your tickets to Sea World/Aquatica




Here's your chance to score FOUR tickets to Sea World AND Aquatica just by helping the Ronald McDonald House!








Make a minimum donation of $50 between 9a-5p on Tuesday, July 19th to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.

Donate now.


All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.


 One Winner will be randomly chosen from all people who donated a minimum of $50 between 9a-5p  to win a four pack of tickets to Sea World and Aquatica!


No purchase necessary. For alternate submission, you may submit your registration information at 4192 N John Young Pkwy, Orlando, 32804 between 9ap-5p on 7/19/11.


SeaWorld ticket offers

  • Summer Nights is happening right now at SeaWorld. It starts at 6 p.m. and features exciting, nighttime shows like Shamu Rocks, Sea Lions Tonite, and an amazing fireworks and fountains finale, thrilling rides like Manta and a rock-n-roll atmosphere throughout the park with DJs and live bands.
  • Summer Nights just got even better with a new After-3 p.m. Ticket.  The special admission and special price – only $49.99 - brings more flexibility, fun and value to Orlando’s best nighttime theme park entertainment.
  • There’s also a special Summer Nights after-3 p.m. ticket and dining deal is available for only $59.99.  This amazing package includes a wristband to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat-and-drink at participating restaurants. This deal can be purchased online or at the Information Counter upon arrival.


Aquatica ticket offers

  • Aquatica’s After 2 p.m. Pass means unlimited Aquatica thrills and fun plus no blackout dates through December 2011, all for $49.99, adult and kids – only slightly more than a day’s admission.  There’s no better way to hit Orlando's coolest beach.  The After 2 p.m. Pass is perfect for weekend play with the family or during the week with friends.

More Ronald McDonald House Families

About Ronald McDonald House of CFL

Our bright yellow, three-story, Florida Cracker-style house opened as the first Ronald McDonald House in Central Florida, with 13 bedrooms and a shelled-out third floor in December 1996. Located on land donated by Florida Hospital, families of critically ill children turn to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando when their children are hospitalized or receiving treatment at area medical facilities.

The purpose of the Ronald McDonald House of Orlando is to provide a "home-away-from-home" for these families in medical crisis. Before the Ronald McDonald Houses, being with a hospitalized child meant parents were sleeping in their cars or in chairs in the waiting room, eating out of vending machines, or bearing the expense of impersonal hotel rooms.

In the summer 1998, the House reached full-occupancy and we found ourselves in the position of having to turn families away. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Inc. board of directors (the governing board of the House) decided to expand the shelled-out third floor, remaining steadfast in its mission to serve as many families with sick children as possible. We opened the third floor in February 2000, providing an additional nine bedrooms, for a total of 22 bedrooms available each night.

Even with this expansion the House again experienced full-occupancy many nights and often operated with a waiting list. Feasibility studies determined that a second Ronald McDonald House was needed. Land was donated by Orlando Regional Healthcare and ground was broken on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women in March 2002. The first families were welcomed in May 2003. This second Ronald McDonald House is a three-story plantation colonial-style home accented with a southeastern-style tower on the corner, which houses the living and gathering rooms. The third floor of this house was originally shelled-out and was opened in October 2005 with an additional 15 bedrooms available to families. This brings the number of bedrooms in this House to 37.

Our Ronald McDonald House program is now two Houses strong with 59 bedrooms to serve families in medical crisis with an ill child. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide families with a safe haven close by the hospital, so that they can focus on the wellness of their child.

Families have a themed bedroom of their own with a private bath, a family-style kitchen for a home-cooked meal and laundry facilities for their personal use. It is a place where worried moms and dads talk to one another, sharing their fears, hopes and sometimes pain. For the child who is ill, having a Ronald McDonald House nearby means they rest easier knowing that mom and dad are moments away. Families are asked to make a $15 donation per night. No family is ever turned away. Financial support for the Houses comes from fundraising and special events, corporate and individual contributions, foundations, local McDonald's Owner/Operators and customers, and House guest donations.

Both Houses have a manager on duty 24 hours a day. A van transports families to and from area hospitals. More than 200 volunteers provide support for our guests and House operations. They check families in and out, answer the phones, give house tours, perform light housekeeping chores, and provide emotional support for the families. Volunteers also assist with fundraising and other special events.

Our Houses truly are "the Houses that love built..."


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