Great Harvest Bread Co. Hosts National Fundraiser on April 23 Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)

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Great Harvest Bread Co. will host a One Day, One Dollar, One Goal fundraiser on Friday at select bakeries to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) cancer research and honor Mauri Booton, a former owner of the Des Moines, Iowa bakery, who recently died of leukemia, as well as those across the country who have suffered or died from cancer.

Mauri Booton exemplified the mission statement in so many ways, especially when it came to giving generously. I invite customers and community members to show generosity through a one dollar donation on Friday. Many bakeries have been hosting the fundraiser all week. Together we can all make a difference.

Great Harvest Bread Co. will host a One Day, One Dollar, One Goal fundraiser on Friday at select bakeries to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) cancer research and honor Mauri Booton, a former owner of the Des Moines, Iowa bakery, who recently died of leukemia, as well as those across the country who have suffered or died from cancer.

Check with your neighborhood Great Harvest Bread Co. to see how to become involved or support this worthy cause.

“Cancer is a disease that takes too many of our loved ones away,” said Great Harvest CEO Mike Ferretti. “When Mauri was diagnosed with leukemia more than five years ago, he became a powerful spokesman and fundraiser for the LLS. He has inspired bakery owners across the country to continue his outstanding efforts to find a cure for cancer,” added Ferretti.

The nationwide fundraising goal is $100,000. The donations will be presented to the LLS by Mauri’s wife Mary Hellerstedt, who is participating in the LLS Team in Training “Rock n’ Roll”half-marathon in San Diego in June. A small portion of proceeds will also fund a Mauri Booton Memorial Scholarship.

According to Ferretti, Great Harvest Bakery owners want to raise enough money to assure #1 is printed on Ms. Hellersted’s race jersey. The more money she contributes through the One Day, One Day, One Goal campaign, the lower her number on her running shirt.

“The Great Harvest mission statement simply states – be loose and have fun, bake phenomenal bread, run fast to help customers, and give generously to others,” said Ferretti. “Mauri Booton exemplified the mission statement in so many ways, especially when it came to giving generously. I invite customers and community members to show generosity through a one dollar donation on Friday. Many bakeries have been hosting the fundraiser all week. Together we can all make a difference.”

To learn more about this worthy fundraiser or to access the online donation site, please visit http://www.greatharvest.com/company/community.html.

Founded in 1976 in Great Falls, Mont., Great Harvest Franchising, Inc. has more than 200 bakeries located throughout the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. Great Harvest is known for handcrafted breads made with freshly ground whole wheat from the high plains of Montana. Today the neighborhood bakeries create an array of legendary fresh-baked breads and sweets, as well as specialty items during holidays. Great Harvest bakeries purchase their whole grains from family-owned farms. The whole wheat is milled daily in the bakeries to guarantee products are rich in taste and nutrients.

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Ramsey Qubein
Great Harvest Bread Co.
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