Panera Bread Newport, located at 49 Long Wharf Mall, announces that a recent Preview Party Dinner to benefit Bike Newport raised $591 for its bike-friendly initiatives. Those who participated in the fundraiser made a $10 donation, all of which went to Bike Newport, and enjoyed a delicious meal that included either a sandwich, a salad or You Pick Two and a self serve drink in return.  A ribbon cutting and dedication of Panera Newport’s newly installed Mother Bread Bike Rack in honor of long-time customer and cycling enthusiast Art Weekley who lost his life in a bike accident in 2014 was also featured at the event.

“We had a great turn-out for the Preview Party Dinner from the Newport biking community and our customers who just wanted to donate to the cause,” said Danielle Natale, General Manager, Panera Bread Newport.  “Bike Newport will be using the donated funds to help create an even cleaner, safer and more enjoyable bike friendly community.”  Natale added that it was also important to recognize a friend of the cafe, the late Art Weekley, through the dedication of the new Mother Bread bike rack. “I’m sure he would be very happy with our commitment to be sensitive not only to the needs of our biking customers but to the entire Newport biking community.”

Bike Newport, located at 29 Spring Street, is a non profit organization which aims to improve, encourage and facilitate bicycling in and around Newport for the health and well-being of area youth and families and as a viable and enjoyable method of transportation for residents and visitors.  For more information, please call 401-619-4900 or visit www.bikenewportri.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/BikeNewportRI.

Howley Bread Group, LTD of Lincoln, Rhode Island, a franchisee of Panera Bread, owns and operates a total of 28 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut. In 2015, Panera/Howley Bread Group’s cafes collectively donated over $5,700,000 in food and funds to a variety of community charities, including The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford, Connecticut; Children’s Friend, Providence, Rhode Island; Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer; Feeding America through local partners including Foodshare, the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and Rhode Island Community Food Bank; B’s Mobility Ride for Muscular Dystrophy and Ryan’s Hope for a Cure Charitable Foundation.  Additionally, gift card and food donations are made to local non-profit organizations through Panera/Howley Bread Group’s donations department and End-of-Day baked goods are donated to more than 80 churches and shelters across the franchisee’s bakery-cafe network.

For more information, please visit the company’s web site at www.panerabreadhbg.com.  Also, like HBG on Facebook at /howleybreadgroup and follow the company on Twitter @panerabreadhbg to hear about upcoming new and returning menu items, community involvement and events, employment opportunities, their Panera culture and much more!

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