Panera Cranston to Host Ten Percent of Sales Evening to Benefit Local B’s Mobility Ride

CRANSTON, RI — The Panera Bread at 5 New London Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island announces that it is inviting the public to help jump on board and support its “Raise the Dough” Ten Percent of Sales evening to benefit B’s Mobility Ride on Monday, February 2nd from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The first 100 customers who make a purchase toward the cause will receive a Mystery Panera Gift Card (limit to one gift card per customer and the customer must be present to receive the card), with values up to and including $200.  Ten percent of all the sales during the event’s two hours will go towards securing a wheelchair accessible van for the McDermott family of Warwick and, specifically, their eight-year-old son Benjamin who is afflicted with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a type of muscular dystrophy.  A Cookie Decorating Station for families and raffle prizes will also be featured during the evening.

“Panera Warwick recently held a “Raise the Dough” Preview Party which raised thousands of dollars for B’s Mobility Ride so we decided to build on that momentum to improve Benjamin’s quality of life,” said Kimmy Rose, Marketing Manager at Panera Cranston.  “Here at Panera Cranston, we focus on providing the very best experience for our guests while giving back to the community we serve.  Benjamin is a neighbor in need so we wanted to do our part.”  Panera Bread’s overall mission is to help Benjamin and his family reach their goal with a variety of fundraising events that will be scheduled in the area.  Rose said the next fundraiser for B’s Mobility Ride will be a book signing by best selling New York Times author, Jenna Blum, at the Panera in East Greenwich on Tuesday February 24th.

To find out all the events Panera has scheduled to help B’s Mobility Ride, visit and LIKE its Facebook page /howleybreadgroup. Panera is also asking others in the local community to help raise funds for B’s Mobility Ride and, for those interested, to reach out to with any ideas. Or, for those that simply want to make a donation, please visit to help B’s Mobility Ride today.

In addition to holding fundraisers for various local causes, Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group also enjoys a partnership with Feeding America® where all donations collected through its cafes’ ongoing Panera Cares Community Breadbox™ Program go directly to Feeding America member food banks.  This Program gives customers the opportunity to donate money at the register to support the local member food banks’ efforts to provide nutritious food to residents in need.  This partnership is part of Panera Bread’s ongoing effort to combat the problem of hunger in America.  In addition, for years Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group has donated all unsold bread and baked goods each night to local food pantries and other organizations that provide hunger relief through its Day-End Dough-Nation™ program.

Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group owns and operates a total of 28 bakery-cafes in Rhode Island (Cranston, Warwick, East Greenwich, Lincoln, Newport, Providence, Smithfield and Wakefield), Massachusetts (North Attleborough, North Dartmouth, Plainville and Seekonk) and Greater Hartford/Eastern, Connecticut (Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester (2), Newington, Southington, Waterford, West Hartford and Wethersfield) markets.

For more information about the “Raise the Dough” Ten Percent of Sales evening to benefit B’s Mobility Ride, please contact Panera Bread Cranston at 5 New London Avenue, Cranston Rhode Island, 02920 or call (401) 946-4766.  Also, LIKE Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group on Facebook at /howleybreadgroup and follow the company on Twitter @panerabreadhbg.  To make a contribution, please visit

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