At a ribbon cutting this morning held at the new German Village Panera Bread, Covelli Enterprises announced a $9,000 donation to Nationwide Children's Hospital. From this morning's announcement:

Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, donated $9,000 to Nationwide Children's Hospital on Friday, February 28 as part of the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their newest Panera Bread bakery-café in German Village.

The new Panera Bread café location opened on Tuesday, February 11 at 684 South High Street where the historic Clarmont steakhouse stood for more than 60 years. The Grand Opening included several days of special offers and a two-week fundraising promotion benefitting Nationwide Children's. For every $5 gift card redeemed at the new location, Panera Bread donated $1 to the cause. The funds are a result of both the fundraiser at the new location as well as community cashbox donations during the month of January and February in all 27 of the Panera Bread café locations in Columbus.

"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Covelli Enterprises and their Panera Bread customers," said Niki Shafer, Vice President of Annual Giving for Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation. "We look forward to a long and successful partnership that will impact the health of sick and injured kids who receive care at Nationwide Children's."

(Pictured right: Sam Covelli, owner/operator of Covelli Enterprises in front of a Panera store in Hillard, 2011. Columbus Dispatch file).