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Panera Bread Kicks Off Summer of Wishes Campaign to Raise Funds for Make-A-Wish South Carolina


June 28, 2019


Midlands, Lowcountry

19 participating locations of Panera Bread® across the state are hosting a “Summer of Wishes” campaign. The campaign will run July 1- September 30 in non-Charleston locations and July 1- August 31 in Charleston to raise funds for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina to help local kids.

During these months, customers will be invited to round up their purchase to help make a difference.  Make-A-Wish, together with its community of partners, grants wishes for children with critical illnesses. The organization believes that wishes are an essential part of the healing process that provide hope for the future, strength to fight health battles and joy to celebrate their physical and emotional victories. Entirely funded by donations from special events and campaigns, individual donors and corporate sponsors, the chapter is dependent on public support to be able to grant more wishes for local kids. 

“We are excited about our second annual partnership with Panera Bread. Their generous support of Make-A-Wish South Carolina’s important mission to create life-changing wishes for kids who need it is substantial and meaningful.” said Misty Farmer, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Carolina. “Wishes cannot be granted without people who care. Panera Bread’s company, staff and associates, and supportive guests prove that our community is dedicated to improving the lives of the courageous children facing critical illnesses that we serve.”

“What better way is there to show our commitment to the future of our communities than to provide wishes and hope to local children with serious illnesses,” said Sam Covelli, Owner/Operator of Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread. “We care about the kids and families in the areas we serve, and being able to support Make-A-Wish’s incredible mission this summer means the world to us and our South Carolina employees.”

Panera Bread locations throughout the state are eager to begin the Summer of Wishes campaign and continue their partnership with Make-A-Wish to raise funds that will help grant wishes for kids in the state.



Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 207 wishes last year, averaging to a wish every forty-eight hours.  The chapter receives funding through private donations, individuals, companies and special events. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit and discover ways you can help make wishes come true.


Covelli Enterprises operates more than 300 Panera Bread bakery-cafés in eight states. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the single largest franchisee of Panera Bread, LLC. In 2017, Covelli Enterprises donated more than $32 million to hunger relief agencies and non-profit organizations through Covelli Cares. 

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Crystal Alifanow
Director of Communications
225 South Pleasantburg Drive C17
Greenville, SC  29607

Phone : (864) 250-0702 x103
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Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-0702
Toll Free (800) 293-9474