TAMPA, Fla. — Friday, Oct. 4, will be a historic day for Panera Bread and Moffitt Cancer Center. It marks the 10th consecutive year that the two organizations have teamed up locally to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for Moffitt’s breast cancer mammography program.

“Funding from Panera Goes Pink literally saves lives since it funds our outreach efforts to educate at-risk women throughout the greater Tampa Bay community,” said Cathy Grant, senior director of Moffitt Diversity. “It’s so important to remind women about early detection while linking uninsured women to no-cost mammograms.”

Over the past decade, Moffitt has received more than $131,100 in donations from the Panera Goes Pink event. In all, 24 Tampa Bay-area Panera bakery-cafes will donate 100% of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold to Moffitt. In addition, all proceeds collected in the Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadboxes found at these Panera locations throughout the month of October will also benefit Moffitt.

“Our 10-year partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center is more than a milestone; it is a true testament to our customers’ unwavering support over the past decade” said Kevin Ricci, owner of Covelli Family Limited Partnership, franchisee of Panera, LLC. “The Panera Goes Pink campaign is truly a group effort and goes hand in hand with Moffitt’s commitment to work tirelessly to advance one step further in fighting this disease.”

Each Pink Ribbon Bagel includes cherry chips, dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and is baked fresh each morning by Panera’s bakers at each bakery-cafe. Place preorders for Panera Goes Pink at www.paneraflorida.com.  Simply click on the link, select your participating bakery-cafe with a pickup time and Panera will have your Pink Ribbon Bagel order ready to go on Oct. 4.


Photo Opportunities/Special Appearances

  • 8-10 a.m. Participating Panera Bread locations: Moffitt Cancer Center representatives will be onsite with educational resources.
  • 8-10 a.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers mascot Captain Fear and the Bucs cheerleaders will be at Panera Bread, 3420 W. Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607.
  • 8-9 a.m. USF mascot Rocky D. Bull and the USF cheerleaders will be at Panera Bread, 11860 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.
  • Open-Close 24 participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes decorated in pink
  • Reporters are also invited to assist in making the pink ribbon bagels


About Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,500 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube.