Panera Bread kicks off Summer of Wishes campaign to raise funds for Make-A-Wish South Carolina

June 30, 2020

20 participating locations of Panera Bread® across the state are hosting the third annual “Summer of Wishes” campaign. The campaign will run July 1- September 30 in participating South Carolina Panera Bread locations to raise funds for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina to help grant wishes for local children.

During these months, customers will be invited to round up their purchase or donate to change canisters 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. Since the conception of the partnership in 2018, Panera has donated over $31,000 to Make-A-Wish South Carolina.

“We are excited about our third 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. Especially now, with the impact of COVID-19, it’s important to provide much-needed hope to wish kids and we are proud to have a partner in Panera Bread, its staff and associates, and supportive guests to make that happen.”

“We truly value the amazing partnership we have built with the Make-A-Wish organization over the past 3 years, 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 we recognize how crucial our partnership is during these challenging times. 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. Together with a community of donors and volunteers, Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 209 wishes last year. 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, a franchisee of Panera Bread, LLC, O’Charley’s, and Dairy Queen restaurants, owns and operates more than 315 restaurants in eight states. The company donates more than $32 million annually to charity through unsold bread products for local hunger relief agencies and monetary donations to other non-profit organizations. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook ( or Instagram (@covellienterprises).