Columbia, South Carolina July 31, 2018 – Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, will present a check for $1,000 to Pawmetto Lifeline on Tuesday, August 7 as a result of two months of fundraising within the company’s 6 Columbia/Lexington area Panera Bread cafes. The formal check presentation will occur at 11am at the Harbison Panera Bread at 1007 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29212. Pastries and beverages for attendees will be provided.
This was the first year Panera Bread partnered with Pawmetto Lifeline. The not-for-profit animal rescue organization appeared on the Covelli Cares Community Breadbox collection canisters during the months of May and June within the Panera locations at Garners Ferry, Harbison, Sandhills, Lexington, Vista and Forest Acres. The resulting $1,000 donation will be used to support Pawmetto Lifeline’s many life-saving programs for the Midlands’ companion pets.
“Saving companion pets is a community effort and the cumulative support shown by the simple act of dropping change into Panera’s donation boxes shows that the community understands this,” says Denise Wilkinson, Pawmetto Lifeline’s Chief Executive Officer. “The donations we receive are put right back into the community through our many live-saving programs.”
Covelli Enterprises, known for its philanthropy, has a long history of supporting animal-related causes in the markets where it operates restaurants, supporting organizations like the Animal Protective League, Animal Welfare League, Humane Society, and Paws for a Cure.
Representatives from Panera Bread and Pawmetto Lifeline will be in attendance at the check presentation Tuesday.
About Pawmetto Lifeline
Pawmetto Lifeline is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal rescue organization with a plan to end pet overpopulation in the Midlands through education, legislation, spay/neuter programs, and responsible pet adoptions. Pawmetto Lifeline’s long-term goal is to transform the Midlands into a no-kill community, meaning no healthy adoptable pet is euthanized simply because it is homeless. For more information, please visit www.pawmettolifeline.org.
About Covelli Enterprises
Covelli Enterprises operates more than 300 Panera Bread bakery-cafés in eight states. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the single largest franchisee of Panera Bread, LLC. In 2017, Covelli Enterprises donated more than $32 million to hunger relief agencies and non-profit organizations. www.covelli.com