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Valley Panera locations to raise money for Harvey victims

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A Valley business enterprise is chipping in to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. 

Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, has kicked off a one month-long promotion to support the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey's recent devastation in the Houston, Texas area.

The promotion, called "Chip in for Houston", is dedicating 25 cents from every Chocolate Chipper cookie sold to go to the Greater Houston Community Foundation's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. 

The company, which operates more than 300 Panera Bread locations in seven US states, is honoring the pledge in all of its bakery-cafés. 

 "Our hearts are with the people in Houston right now," said Sam Covelli, CEO of Covelli Enterprises. "It's important to us to do something in our cafés to support the relief efforts going on down there, even though we have no locations in the area. We are all Texans right now, and we will do all we can to help in this time of need because it's the right thing to do."

Throughout the entire month of September, all Covelli owned Panera Bread bakery-cafés will also be collecting donations at the registers to raise additional funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established through the Greater Houston Community Foundation by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help the flood relief efforts, according to the Greater Houston Community 

For more information, visit the Greater Houston Community Foundation's website

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