Akron Children's Hospital named recipient of Panera Bread's Operation Dough-nation program


The Akron and Canton-area Panera Bread bakery-cafes named Akron Children’s Hospital as the recipient of their local Operation Dough-nation program. The year-long campaign is expected to raise approximately $18,000 for the hospital.

The Operation Dough-Nation campaign is a nationwide program for Panera Bread where the bakery-cafes have Community Bread Boxes located near each register. All cash donations collected in the bakery-cafes in the Akron and Canton area will support the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital.

“Our Akron and Canton area bakery-cafes are honored to support Akron Children’s Hospital, which provides great care to many children within the Northeast Ohio region,” said Sam Covelli, Owner/Operator of Covelli Enterprises. “At Panera Bread, we strongly believe in giving back to the communities in which we reside.”

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Panera Bread and its customers and are thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of Operation Dough-nation,” said Pam Holtz, director of annual giving at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Panera Bread has chosen to designate these funds to support the Akron Children’s Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center, a program that is funded entirely through the generosity of community organizations and individuals. The Expressive Therapy Center encourages children to use various forms of art to deal with illness, cope with emotions and find comfort, while bringing families together during a child’s hospital stay.”

The Operation Dough-Nation program will take place at the 10 Panera Bread locations in Akron and Canton including: Akron, Belden Village, Chapel Hill, Fairlawn, Hudson, Massillon, Medina, Montrose, North Canton and Stow. For more information, visit

About Covelli Enterprises and Panera Bread

Covelli Enterprises operates more than 200 bakery-cafés in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ontario, Canada. Covelli Enterprises is the nation's largest franchisee of Panera, LLC.

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,252 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread® and Saint Louis Bread Co.® names as of December 30, 2008. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Highlighted by antibiotic free chicken, whole grain bread, select organic and all-natural ingredients and a menu with zero grams added trans fat, Panera's bakery-cafe selection offers flavorful, wholesome offerings. The menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites, complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Canada, guests are enjoying Panera's warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free internet access provided through a managed WiFi network. At the close of each day, Panera Bread bakery-cafes donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on the Company’s website,

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