Panera Bread celebrates partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation
Meet Claudia, an 8-year-girl from Geneva who has a rare anemia. She loves to dance, likes to play with her pets and wants to go to Auckland Zoo in New Zealand.
With help from customers at the Panera Bread on East Main Street in St. Charles, her wish will likely come true.
For the second consecutive year, Chicago Bread, a franchisee of Panera Bread, are partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois to grant wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Eve Metheny, director of marketing for Chicago Bread, said 31 stores last year raised $68,183.57 – enough money to grant 11 wishes.
The St. Charles store contributed the most, nearly $10,000 it collected from customers at its registers. It hosted a check-presentation ceremony on Monday that brought Make-A-Wish families, Panera Bread employees and Make-A-Wish representatives together.
Officials with Chicago Bread said the decision to partner with the foundation was easy.