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Heart Cookies from Panera Bread® to Benefit Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Orlando, Fla. – Covelli Family Limited Partnership (CFLP), part of the largest franchisee of Panera, LLC, is helping to heal hearts in the Greater Orlando area with the sales of Heart Cookies from February 1-14 in 31 bakery-cafés. 100 percent of the proceeds from every heart-shaped cookie purchased will benefit The Heart Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
 
Also, all contributions made into Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation Community Bread Boxes in the participating cafés throughout February will go to The Heart Center. The freshly baked all-butter shortbread cookie is shaped like a heart and decorated for Valentine’s Day with festive icing designs.
 
To kick off the promotion, members of the Orlando Health team will distribute rounds of Heart Cookies to patients and their families.
 
 “We have a sincere appreciation for the Central Florida community that has helped us to make this campaign a success for the last seven years,” said Kevin Ricci, owner of CFLP.  “We look forward to continuing to bring awareness to Orlando Health’s mission and to serve our guests where and when they need us.”
 
To support the campaign, guests can order Heart Cookies in a variety of ways: in-café, drive-thru, Rapid Pick-Up®, Curbside, delivery, or catering.
 
“We are so grateful to Panera and the Covelli family for their continued and generous support of The Heart Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children,” said Janet Morrow, Orlando Health Foundation Vice President – Corporate Partnerships. “Since 2012, our partnership with the Heart Cookie campaign has raised significant funding for our pediatric cardiology patients and we know that 2021 will be another great success.”
 
To place a Rapid Pick Up, curbside, or catering order, visit panerabread.com. For more information about CFLP, visit paneraflorida.com. For more information about The Heart Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, please visit arnoldpalmerhospital.com.
 

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About The Heart Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
The Heart Center brings together a select group of leading-edge cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiac intensivists, nurses, and researchers to offer extensive expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with heart disease. Our multidisciplinary team provides the individual attention and focused care that our patients and their families need to heal. Our pediatric heart surgery program is nationally recognized and our surgical outcomes are among the best in the country. A combination of the best talent, technology, and highly specialized care has earned Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children the honor of being consistently ranked as one of the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. As the only children’s hospital in Orlando to receive this recognition, we are proud to share this accomplishment with our patients and the community. Through a wide range of specialized services and expert care, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer gives young heart patients the chance to be amazing kids.
 
About Covelli Family Limited Partnership
Covelli Family Limited Partnership (CFLP) is an entity of Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread. Albert M. Covelli founded Covelli Enterprises 58 years ago and established CFLP in 1998.  CFLP is owned by Covelli’s daughter and son-in-law, Annette & Gavin Ford; and grandson Kevin Ricci. Together, they operate 61 of the 300 Panera Bread locations encompassed under the Covelli umbrella which is ranked one of the top 10 restaurant franchisees in the country.  CFLP employs 5,000 people in Orlando and Tampa. As a leader in the fast-casual segment, they are known for setting consumer trends and elevating industry standards. For more information about CFLP, visit paneraflorida.com.
 
About Panera Bread
Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.
 
So, we began with a simple commitment: to bake bread fresh every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.
 
These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally for wellness to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing or not using artificial additives (preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, and colors from artificial sources on our No-No list) in the food in our U.S. bakery-cafes. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.
 
We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid Pick-Up® for to-go orders and delivery – all designed to make things easier for our guests.
 
As of December 29, 2020, there were 2,119 bakery-cafes in 48 states and Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread® or Saint Louis Bread Co.® names.  For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread), or Instagram (@panerabread).
 
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