Panera Bread’s Donation Helps to Extend a Loving Paw to DogsInDanger Walk-A-Thon



Panera Bread’s Yorktown Heights Cafe Donates Bagels and Cookies to Community Charity Event

Yorktown, NY  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  Panera Bread’s Yorktown Heights cafe donated to the first annual DogsInDanger walk-a-thon held on Saturday, June 12th at FDR Park in Yorktown, NY.

Brenda Bush, Co-Founder of DogsInDanger, reached out to Panera Bread regarding a possible donation, and Panera Bread was quick to respond with 500 bagels and cookies for the walkers.

The event was a huge success and helped to raise over $25,000 which will go toward saving dogs that are in danger of being put down at kill shelters across the country. The weather didn’t exactly cooperate as hoped, but dog-lovers turned out in droves to help raise much needed money and awareness for this great cause. Alex Aliksanyan, President and Co-Founder of DogsInDanger states, “Panera Bread’s bagels were amazing and they were a tremendous partner. Their hearts are certainly in the right place.”

DogsInDanger is based in White Plains, NY. Their website, DogsInDanger.com, advertises dogs that are in danger of death, and matches them up with loving adopters. In two and a half years, they have helped save over 37,000 canines. The website posts pictures and information of dogs available for adoption, notifies viewers of how much longer they have before being euthanized, and also gives the outcome of each dog that appears on the site. DogsInDanger has already set the date for next year’s walkathon event. Mark your calendars for May 15, 2011, and plan to come out and support their wonderful rescue efforts. For further information regarding DogsInDanger, or to make public donations, please contact Andrea Fields at 914-304-4045.

“We are so pleased to have assisted DogsInDanger, as they help so many dogs and people across the country and in our local community with their rescue efforts. We are very glad this year’s walkathon was a big success for them,” states Tony Diaz, Operations Partner of Take Home the Bread, Franchisee.

For the past 14 years, Panera Bread has helped many charitable organizations through Operation Dough-Nation, a program that allows Panera Bread and its customers to aid local charities.  Cash donations made by customers in the Community Breadbox cash boxes at the registers are distributed annually to local charities. Panera also donates unsold bread to local area hunger relief agencies.

Panera Bread’s newest cafe will be opening in Bedford Hills, NY in early August.  Panera Bread has cafes located throughout Westchester County, including White Plains, Yorktown Heights, Mohegan Lake, Port Chester, and Scarsdale. For further information regarding Panera Bread, please contact BBG&G Advertising at 845-695-1880.

About Panera Bread Company

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,388 bakery-cafes as of March 30, 2010 under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. Our bakery-cafes are principally located in suburban, strip mall and regional mall locations. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust.
The franchisee Take Home the Bread, LLC plans to open 22 new bakery-cafes in the area over the next five years, with the newest café opening in Bedford Hills, NY in early August. Additional information is available on the Company’s website, http://www.panerabread.com.