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Panera's pink-ribbon bagels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Panera Bread Co. is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will sell its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel, a twist on the Cherry Vanilla Bagel, a mix of cherry chips, dried cherries, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. A portion of the proceeds of the Pink Ribbon bagel will be donated to local nonprofits across the country. 

Erin Barnhart, community relations manager for a Panera Bread franchise based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said each participating market has its own breast cancer partners.

"The partner really does make a difference," she said. "We appreciate our local partners, as their support can make all the difference in achieving our goals of building awareness and raising funds for treatment and research."

Panera has more than 1,600 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia. 

Select markets offer a 100 percent donation day, during which the entirety of that day's sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels is donated to breast cancer focused organizations, according to Panera's website.

In Dayton, Ohio, proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Pink Ribbon Girls and the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

"We make this campaign a priority every year for a reason," said Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based franchisee of Dayton-area Panera Bread restaurants. "The funds raised by the Pink Ribbon Bagel are helping to save the lives of local women with breast cancer. There's no better feeling than knowing you can help make difference."

Pink Ribbon Girls provide free direct services to patients and their families undergoing breast and other women's reproductive cancer treatment through their programs.

Mikki Clancy, chief operating officer of Miami Valley Hospital, survived breast cancer and said she benefited from the services of Pink Ribbon Girls and the hospital.

"Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital were a godsend in my treatment and recovery," she said. "Supporting these community assets serves hundreds of local patients in their fight against cancer."

Twelve participating West Virginia area Panera locations will donate to Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

"We are so excited to partner with Panera Bread for the sixth year to raise funds and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month," said Donna DeHart, executive director West Virginia Susan G. Komen. "The Pink Ribbon Bagels are always a big hit with our survivors, volunteers, grantees and supporters. Money raised from the October campaign will be used to provide uninsured and under-insured West Virginians with life-saving screenings and awareness."

According to the Panera website, the franchise has raised tens of thousands of dollars for breast cancer partners through Pink Ribbon Bagel campaigns in the past 10 years.

"It's not a hard sell," Barnhart said. "People want to be involved in whatever way they can. That's what's so great about the Pink Ribbon Bagel. People might say, 'I can't write a check, but I can buy a bagel.'"

Read more at PaneraBread.com.

Legends Salvation Army

We’re partnering with The Salvation Army to turn all of our events this weekend into a cluster-wide flood relief effort.If you can make it out to one of these events, please do, we'd love to see you.

If you can't and would still like to donate, here is a direct link to the Houston Salvation Army

A donation to The Salvation Army will help those affected by the flooding in Houston by providing food, water, shelter and other basic neccessities.

Please make an emergency gift now — 100% of your donation goes to help those affected by this disaster.

Thank you for your support and for helping your Texas neighbors in need!The Salvation Army prefers cash/check donations.

Where Country Legends will be:


Houston’s devastating weather this week is being called the worst flooding since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.  Some areas, including Meyerland and Greenspoint, were hit especially hard. Severals parts of the region experienced more than 15 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, according to county flood district gauges.

While gauges, cameras, and radar and help measure the weather, many Houstonians are using a relative new tool — drones — to help explore the extent of the damage. Below are some of the most striking videos caught by drones of the flooding across the Houston region this week.


Race for the Cure Legends

Join Country Legends 97.1 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Susan G. Komen Houston at the Race for the Cure on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st at Sam Houston Park.

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Visit komen-houston.org to register and join the Cox Media race team. Let's help in funding 25,000 mammograms for Houstonians in need!

In celebration of Komen Houston’s 25th anniversary, the organization is aiming to reach its goal of funding 25,000 mammograms for at-risk and uninsured men and women.

If one person can raise just $150, they can cover the cost of one mammogram, and change someone’s life forever.

Sign up to join our Cox Media Race team, and we’ll see you on Race Day to “Pink and Treat”! 

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Walk MS


Walk MS: Houston is first and foremost a fundraising event. Money raised at this year's event will support research progress in many areas, moving us closer to our ultimate goal of a world without MS.

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in this community event, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 2.3 million people living with MS worldwide. We've been walking since 1988 and to date have raised more than $870 million to support life changing programs and cutting-edge research.

To make a positive impact in the lives of all those affected by MS, register for Walk MS: Houston TODAY! Make a self-donation and set a fundraising goal that will keep you motivated. MS stops people from moving; we can't stop our efforts. Start or join a team, raise funds and celebrate hope for the future; YOU can make a difference!

Register now, connect with others, and start fundraising today!

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About MS

Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

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Walk MS is a day that connects friends, families, and coworkers who join together to help create a world free of MS.

Each step we take brings us closer to ending MS forever.  Walk with us! 

Country Legends 97.1 has two days where you can walk with one of your favorite on-air talent.

              Walk with Dan Gallo:    Sugar Land Walk MS                                    Saturday, October 24      Sugar Land Memorial Park    1 mile and 5K routes    Walk Starts 9am     Dan Gallo's team page                             Walk with Al Farb:                                  Houston Walk MS          Sunday, November 8          U of H Main Campus         1 mile and 5K routes         Walk Starts 9am          Al Farb's team page  


Disaster Relief - Red Cross

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Relief from the DelugeThe American Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation across Texas and  Oklahoma following a relentless series of devastating flooding and storms that have impacted tens of thousands of lives and washed away hundreds of homes. The Red Cross is there for families in need right now, providing shelter, meals and relief supplies and helping people prepare for the continued onslaught of more severe weather. Just last night, 15 shelters with more than 200 people requiring relief from the deluge. The Red Cross will be there for as long as needed, thanks to the generous support of our donors. For nearly a month, more than 1,000 Red Cross disasterworkers – a majority of whom are volunteers – have been on the ground in Oklahoma and Texas following Red Cross workers in Texas and Oklahoma help people affected by severe weather, including tornadoes, this spring.

The same set of storms also impacted neighboring states such as Arkansas, Iowa and South Dakota, and the Red Cross, too, provided relief and recovery in these areas. In total over the last month in Oklahoma and Texas, the Red Cross has served more than 50,000 meals and snacks and handed out nearly 50,000 relief items such as shovels, trash bags and work gloves. 38 emergency response vehicles delivered food, water and volunteer support around impacted communities. In addition, in both states the Red Cross opened Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) with representatives from the Red Cross and partner organizations to provide a “one stop shop” for guidance and resources to families displaced by the storms.

In Bridgeport, TX, residents Wesley and Mickey Campbell were in their home when a tornado tore through their rural townMay 20th. They heard the storm outside and tried to get out of the house out the back door, but it was too late.

“We got there and that was as far as we got before it hit,” Wesley Campbell recalled. “We got down behind the washer and dryer and waited.  I could feel the house moving in all directions and we prayed hard.”Luckily, the Campbell’s were safe from the storm, but it didn’t take long to realize their worst fears had come true – the house they had called home for 15 years was in tatters and scattered across the ground.In the aftermath of the disaster, Red Cross workers are helping the Campbell’s and families just like theirs to help recover from the storms.

“It’s wonderful and unbelievable that so many came out to help. It makes me feel good. People I don’t even know are here,” Wesley said of the Red Cross workers and others who were there to provide comfort and hope.Though recent  Red Cross  response efforts have been  large, the flood relief and recovery efforts on the horizon could be greater in scope—and need. The Red Cross is ready to support whatever size disaster may come. Right now, more disaster workers and resources are being sent to the impacted areas from across the nation, and further support is on standby.May 26, 2015


Red Cross Emergency App

Download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to expert advice on what to do right before, during and after 14 different types of emergencies and disasters, including severe storms. The app contains weather alerts, lifesaving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices. Users can customize more than 35 emergency alerts based on their location and where their loved ones live.The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to redcross. org/apps.How You Can HelpHelp people affected by disasters at home and around the world by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross. org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.Delivering Hope, EveryDay, Across the Country Each year, the Red Cross responds to   an  average of  nearly  70,000 disasters,  from   single-family  and apartment    home    fires   to   severe storms, floods and wildfires. People in need turn to us in their darkest hours because they know they can depend on us for immediate relief and help through their recovery.

To fulfill this promise, the Red Cross must be ready for every disaster, regardless of its size. We count on the generosity of our donors, whose support of Disaster Relief enables us to be there for those we serve. We ask you to join in this commitment.Red Cross emergency response vehicles distributemeals and recovery items to help families affected by disasters big and small.Everyday DisastersThe Red Cross works around the clock to deliver hope and help for families in communities across the country, and among countless crises, home fires continue to threaten families regardless of season. Just over Memorial Day weekend, disaster workers have responded to six large-scale multi-family fires in Alabama, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio and California. Trained Red Cross volunteers work one-on-one with those in need, supplying emergency lodging, food, health and mental health services, and help families create recovery plans for the road ahead.

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