Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber to benefit from Panera Pink Ribbon Day

By Christine Schirato

The Panera Bread stores in Johnstown and Altoona will be giving Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber a boost by donating Pink Ribbon Bagel sales during their Go Pink campaign Oct. 5.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from bagel sales will go to Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber.

“We are just honored to be a part of it,” said Patty Felton, Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center director.

This isn’t the first time that Panera has helped out WMC.

“I believe it was last October they wanted to put a contribution container in their Johnstown store,” Felton said. “They have been giving us contributions. They presented us with a check at Girls Night Out in May.”

Pittsburgh area Panera Bread stores have been running the Go Pink campaign for a while.

“We do this every year in Pittsburgh,” said Bernadette Santucci, marketing director for Covelli Enterprises, which operates the nation’s largest Panera franchise.

“If you can’t come in and buy a bagel, you can drop your spare change in the canisters to support (WMC) also,” she said.

The pink ribbon bagel is shaped like a ribbon.

The center’s goal is two-fold.

“It is going to support patient services and we are going to put information out on that day to promote doing self breast exams and getting mammograms,” Felton said.

Best of all, donations will stay in the area, she said.

“People need to know that their money stays local, their donation stays here and helps the women in their community