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Panera Bread Presents $6,200 Donation to Virginia Institute of Autism

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The team at Panera Bread in Charlottesville is making a big donation to support services for people living with autism in central Virginia.Panera representatives presented a $6,200 check to the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) at the Barracks Road store Tuesday afternoon.

The funds came from selling blue puzzle piece rings and special shortbread cookies throughout the month of April.

Panera’s marketing manager, Allie Munsey, stated, “They have been just so supportive, very helpful for us to get the word out in the community, and then our community is so supportive of us, supporting a local organization.”

Proceeds from Panera's autism awareness month efforts will go toward VIA's School, outpatient behavioral services, adult services and family support programs. VIA says this was a very special initiative because it helps extend a connection in the community.

Panera Bread Press Release

The local Panera Bread franchise, comprised of 14 bakery-cafés along the Blue Ridge Mountains, partnered with the Virginia Institute of Autism for National Autism Awareness Month in the two locally owned bakery-cafés of Charlottesville, VA. With the sale of signature silicone rings and cookies, Panera Bread donated net proceeds for the entire month of April to the Virginia Institute of Autism to benefit their organization located in Charlottesville, VA.

The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) is dedicated to helping people overcome the challenges of autism through innovative, evidence-based programs in education, outreach and adult services. Over the past three years VIA has more than doubled the number of families served annually, and programs continue to expand to help families from more than 12 cities and counties, including Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange, Rockingham and Waynesboro.

“Panera Bread is committed to serving the members of the local community, many of whom have had their lives touched by autism,” said Rick Postle, Panera Bread Franchise owner. “We are honored to support Virginia Institute of Autism and all that it does for those of our community.”

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