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Panera Bread Sponsors Two June Events

Panera is a Gold Level sponsor of Saturday’s Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure and is a hole sponsor for the Executive Women’s Golf Tournament hosted by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. The Komen Foundation and Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Receive “Panera Warmth.”

Raleigh, NC, June 10, 2007 --( Joe and Diane Bastian, co-owners of Panera Bread, announce today the company is a sponsor of the 2007 Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure® on June 9, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Women’s Golf Tournament on June 11.

“It is an absolute honor for Panera Bread to be associated with both the Komen Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce,” says Joe Bastian. “We’re thrilled to be showing what we call ‘Panera warmth’ by helping these organizations that give so much back to the communities in which we live and do business.”

Panera is a Gold Level sponsor of Saturday’s Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure®, providing products and financial consideration equaling $10,000. On Monday, Panera is a hole sponsor for the Executive Women’s Golf Tournament hosted by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Panera Bread’s Breadwinners at the Triangle franchise operates 13 locations. The first area location opened in 1999 at Crabtree Valley Mall. For more information or to find the nearest location to your business, visit

About Panera Bread:
Panera Bread serves fresh baked, handcrafted artisan breads, sweet and savory baked goods, hand-tossed salads, wholesome soups, and signature sandwiches in a distinctly warm and welcoming environment. Panera Bread is committed to using only the highest quality, fresh ingredients in the food they offer, and making a lasting contribution to the neighborhoods in which their customers and employees live and work through programs like Operation Dough-Nation. Headquartered in Richmond Heights, MO, Panera Bread operates 1,101 bakery-cafes (430 company-owned and 671 franchised) as of March 27, 2007. For more information, visit

AboutKomen NC Triangle Race for the Cure®:
The Race of the Cure® annual fundraising event is the largest 5K event in North Carolina and attracts participants of all ages from the Triangle area. As the signature fundraiser for the Komen NC Triangle Affiliate, up to 75 percent of the money raised through this event goes to support breast cancer screening, treatment and education programs in the Triangle and a minimum of 25 percent of the funds supports cutting edge research on breast cancer through the national Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant Program. Since the first Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure® in 1997, attendance has grown annually to include 18,000 in 2006, and raised more than $6 million over the last ten years.

About Executive Women’s Golf Tournament:
Sponsored by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, this golf tournament is held every year at Brier Creek Country Club and is designed specifically for the Triangle’s executive-level female professionals. Participation exceeds 140 golfers and includes a golf clinic and a cocktail awards reception following the tournament.

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Cindy Stranad
(919) 232-5008 x101

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