Upstate News

February 25, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Panera Bread donates more than $26,000 to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Panera Bread, with eight stores throughout Central New York and the Southern Tier, presented Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital with a $26,998.97 donation for pediatric services and family amenities in a brief ceremony Feb. 24, on the 12th floor of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The money was raised from customers who stuffed dollars and spare change into Community Breadbox containers at area Panera Bread stores. Panera matched 50 cents on every dollar contributed as part of its Operation Dough-Nation.

“We are proud to share ‘Panera Warmth’ with members of our local community throughout the year,” said Charlie Roff, joint venture partner. “Bread is an important part of our culture—it brings people together—and Panera is dedicated to giving back to the people who have welcomed us into their neighborhoods and invited us to share in their lives.”

“We are grateful for Panera’s support for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital that ensures Central New York children have the very best in care and patient and family amenities,” said Toni Gary, community relations director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Medical University Foundation.

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