Blooms of Hope Raises $7K for Potential Development

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, raised $7,162 for Potential Development through the Blooms of Hope for Autism campaign.

“We are deeply grateful to Covelli Enterprises for sponsoring the Blooms of Hope campaign and for everyone who purchased a cookie at Panera during that week,” said Paul Garchar, CEO of Potential Development. “This type of wide-spread community effort allows everyone to make a contribution to help us achieve the goal of increasing global understanding & acceptance of people with Autism.”

During the weeklong campaign in April, $1 from each shortbread tulip cookie sold at the seven participating Panera locations in the Mahoning Valley was donated to the school for students with autism. Customers also made monetary donations through boxes located at the registers in Panera bakery-cafes.

“The partnership means a lot to our customers and our employees. We’re so appreciative of them getting behind it each year and making it successful,” said Danielle Covelli, marketing director for Covelli Enterprises. “We are thankful to have a school like Potential Development right here in the Mahoning Valley.”

Since 2010, Covelli Enterprises has donated more than $2.27 million in the areas it serves to support various autism organizations, schools and centers in providing services, scholarships, research, treatment, advocacy and resources for families.

Pictured at top: Hannah Feeney, Nicholas Westhead, Jay’Marr Robinson, Danielle Covelli, Carter Naples and Kendal Ginnetti.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.