Charlie Batch’s Annual Toy Drive: Tomorrow, Dec. 2nd, at the U.S. Steel Building Plaza

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 1, 2014) – Charlie Batch, his wife Tasha, and dozens of volunteers from the Best of the Batch Foundation will be in downtown Pittsburgh tomorrow, Dec. 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., collecting toys for local families facing tough times this holiday season. This annual “Batch A Toys” event will take place in the U.S. Steel Building Plaza at 600 Grant Street.

“Every year, we adopt 100 families in the Pittsburgh area who need some help. With our volunteers, we collect the toys and wrap them, and then Tasha and I personally deliver the presents on Christmas Eve,” said Charlie Batch. “We’ve feel blessed to be able to help the community in this way. And thanks to the amazing generosity of the people of this region, we have been able to distribute more than 25,000 toys to children since we first launched this effort seven years ago.”

The toys go to families at the Women’s Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, at Children’s Hospital, to the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh and to financially challenged families in Allegheny County. This year, Foundation hopes to collect more than 5,000 toys – enough to “stuff” a giant inflatable bounce-house-style present on Steel Plaza.

In addition to the Steel Plaza location, any new, unwrapped toy can also be dropped off at Dunkin Donuts, GAP, U-Haul and FastSigns. Our sponsors also include: MESA, UPMC Health Plan, Panera Bread, and Best Buy (Waterfront).

“Thanks to our business partners, volunteers and the community, we are able to deliver toys, smiles and joy to local children and families,” said Tasha Batch. “We thank everyone for their efforts. We couldn’t do it without them.”

Currently, the Best of the Batch Foundation works with more than 3,000 kids annually in five counties in the Pittsburgh area.

More information about the Best of the Batch Foundation is available at:
About The Best of the Batch Foundation:

The Best of the Batch Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families in distressed and financially-challenged communities by providing resources and empowering them by building character, self-esteem, and an appreciation for education so they can achieve the “Best of the Batch” in life. Founded by NFL quarterback Charlie Batch in 1999, the Best of the Batch Foundation embodies Charlie’s values of dedication, leadership, and trust. Each program affirms the value of his personal motto of the Five P’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

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Charlie Batch’s Annual Toy Drive: Tomorrow, Dec. 2nd, at the U.S. Steel Building Plaza

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Panera Bread Honors Military Service Members and Veterans

The Veterans Place in Pittsburgh received breakfast from Panera Bread and had a special visit from Charlie Batch as a thank you for their service.


PITTSBURGH, PA- NOVEMBER 11, 2014– Panera Bread is honoring Veterans in several ways. Panera Bread delivered breakfast to The Veterans Place in Pittsburgh on Monday, November 10.  On Tuesday, November 11, Panera Bread will salute those in uniform with free meals at all of their 30 participating Pittsburgh Panera Bread bakery-cafes. All veterans and military service members will receive a free You-Pick-Two by wearing his or her uniform or showing Military I.D. or discharge papers.

“We continually work to show our customers and our community members that we appreciate them- especially to those who have made sacrifices for our country,” said Sam Covelli, Owner and Operator of Covelli Enterprises. “We hope this small gesture of gratitude will let these men and women know how thankful we are for their service.”

Additionally, Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Pittsburgh will be donating funds to Operation Troop Appreciation in the month of November through the Operation Dough-Nation program which collects spare change from guests in canisters at the café registers. Guests will also be encouraged to add $1.00 to their check when ordering during the week of November 10th– 16th in support of the charity. Operation Troop Appreciation works with military units to provide “wish list” items specifically requested by the troops in the field. These “wish list” items are intended to help ease the burden of deployment and are presented to the troops as symbols of our appreciation, support, and encouragement.

“We are so grateful to have the support of Panera Bread.  OTA will be able to provide much needed supplies that boost morale and aid in the well-being of our troops overseas and gifts to veterans that say ‘Thank You’ and ‘Welcome Home’ in a tangible way.  With their support, we can make a significant positive impact on their lives,” said Monica Orluk, President  & COO, Operation Troop Appreciation.

Free meals for veterans and service members has been an annual tradition at the Covelli-owned Panera Bread cafes since 2011.  Since then, the company has given away more than 30,000 You-Pick-Twos to military personnel and veterans. The complimentary You-Pick-Two meal will be honored all day on Veterans Day and encompasses a combination of any two of the following items: cup of soup, one flatbread, half sandwich, half pasta, or half salad.  For a list of participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes, visit

Covelli Enterprises continues to believe that community involvement is the backbone of their business. In 2013, the company donated more than $19 million dollars to charity.

About Covelli Enterprises Covelli Enterprises owns and operates 260 bakery-cafés in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Canada, and Florida.  Covelli Enterprises is the largest franchisee of Panera, LLC.