Covelli Enterprises announced its fundraiser, “Pieces of Hope,” Monday.
This is the ninth year that they have sold cookies to raise money for the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University and Potential Development in Youngstown.
The program started with a visit by workers at the Rich Center.
“The cookie has taken on a few different shapes, but sticking with that puzzle piece shape. It’s the universal symbol of autism and our customers have come to love this week, especially our employees. You can look around and see all of the decorations,” said Ashlee Mauti with Covelli Enterprises.
Since 2011, the campaign has raised over $2 million nationwide and $140,000 in the Mahoning Valley.
Paul Garcher, executive director of Potential Development said in a statement:
We are honored to be a part of the Pieces of Hope Campaign to benefit Potential Development Schools for Students with Autism and the Rich Center for Autism. The campaign will help us celebrate Autism Awareness Month as well as ensure students with Autism achieve their greatest potential and lead an independent life.”
Melanie Carfolo, executive director of the Rich Center said:
The Rich Center for Autism is honored to once again be chosen by Covelli Enterprises as their charity of choice to receive proceeds from the Panera Bread Pieces of Hope Cookie Sale. The generosity of community partners, like Covelli Enterprises, as well as other Valley residents is quite humbling, and makes it possible for The Rich Center to provide tuition-free, year-round therapy, education and support to families of children with autism.”