This October, at participating Panera bakery-cafes in the Central Arkansas area, a portion of the sale of each Pink Ribbon Bagel will be donated to Baptist Health’s Women’s Resource Center to help support its mission of helping women in the fight against cancer.
"The Pink Ribbon Bagel has been a customer favorite for over a decade, in part because it’s a tasty way to add flavor to the day and because each bagel sold helps support the fight against an illness that touches so many,” said Claudine Stark, Director of Marketing for Oklahoma City Bakery, Inc, a franchisee of Panera Bread. “Panera Bread is pleased to work with the communities we serve to help raise money for such a worthy cause. In the Central Arkansas area, Baptist Health’s Women’s Resource Center will receive the funds raised to help The Women's Resource Center at Baptist Health which offers several programs for women in the fight against cancer. The physical appearance changes from cancer treatment are difficult. The Women’s Resource Center helps women maintain confidence from using makeup, to wigs and hats to support groups.
Shaped in the form of the iconic pink ribbon, the Pink Ribbon Bagel features cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and is baked fresh each morning by Panera’s bakers at each bakery-cafe. Over 1.5 million Pink Ribbon Bagels were sold in both company and franchise bakery-cafes in 2012, raising more than $170,000 for various charities through the country.The Pink Ribbon Bagel concept began in 2001 when Sue Stees, co-owner of 18 Panera Bread franchises and a breast cancer survivor, began searching for ways to help other women fighting the same disease. Her search led her to the kitchen where she developed the Pink Ribbon Bagel. She sold 27,000 bagels in her bakery-cafes that first year and was awarded the “You Can Make a Difference Award” from Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this simple bagel concept – created in my Tulsa bakery-cafe – would grow to where it is today, educating the community on breast cancer and inspiring those who are fighting this disease,” Stees said. “I’m extremely blessed to have survived to see the Pink Ribbon Bagel make such an impact over more than a decade.”Panera Bread locations in the Central and Northwest Arkansas Area are a part of a locally owned franchise who owns 35 bakery-cafes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Arizona. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, the company is committed to providing great-tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of the bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread, organic and all natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Panera Bread Company routinely donates bread, baked goods and funds to community organization.