Operation Dough-Nation accepts cash donations from customers throughout the year at collection boxes in all bakery-cafes. Customer donations then receive a percentage match from Panera Bread, the hostpial said in a statment. This is the first year that Yale-New Haven Hospital has partnered with Panera for Operation Dough-Nation, the statement said.
Panera also donated another $2,000 through in-kind donations to YNHH in 2008, as well as $1,518 to the Yale-New Haven Breast Health Center from sales of the Pink Ribbon BagelT last October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the statement said.
"We are pleased to have Yale-New Haven Hospital for our Operation Dough-Nation partner," Tom Kelleher, Panera Bread Joint Venture Partner for the Western CT area said in the statement. "We pride ourselves on being a true neighborhood bakery-café - one that partners with the communities we serve. Through relationships such as this, we are able to truly make a difference."
The Western, CT Panera bakery-cafes are in: Meriden, North Haven, Hamden, Milford, Shelton, Waterbury, Newtown, Brookfield, Darien, Norwalk and Torrington.
In the photo, l-r, are: Sheryl McGoldrick, Panera Bakery manager; Kelleher; Marna P. Borgstrom, YNHH president and CEO; and Tina Lemelin, Panera Bread marketing manager for Western, CT.