Since pulling the first baguette from its stone oven in 1993, Companion Bakery has formed a reputation for doing things right. And St. Louisans know it, making Companion a popular gathering place for customers to pop in or linger, to sit quietly or share in conversations and a meal.
With a spirit of community in mind, there was no hesitation from Siena Cargas, Companion Bakery’s Director of Catering and Special Events, to sign up both area locations for Komen St. Louis’ 5th Annual Dine Out for the Cure, taking place on Thursday, June 13.
“Breast cancer has hit too close to home for almost everyone we know,” says Siena. “This is a small way we can all be active in the cause personally and as a team. It is so simple to participate, and the donation can be significant without hurting the pocketbook.”
Companion Bakery has participated in Dine Out for the Cure since the event began in 2009. The employees and owners are compassionate about supporting local nonprofits like Komen St. Louis, and they have found unique ways to enhance the experience.
“On that day in June, everyone wear pink ribbons and we give out the Komen stickers to our customers,” says Siena. “We have pink ribbon cookies for sale in the cafes and we donate a portion of the cookies’ proceeds back to the cause, too.”
Thanks to Companion Bakery and other participating restaurants across the St. Louis metro area, Komen St. Louis’ Dine Out for the Cure has raised more than $365,000 for the local fight against breast cancer. Dine Out allows members of our community to take action against the disease just by dining out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner on June 13. Restaurants participating in Dine Out agree to donate 20%, 35% or 50% of the day’s proceeds to Komen St. Louis in support of local breast health/breast cancer programs and breast cancer research.
“Community is one of the 4 ‘C’s that make up Companion – Customers, Company, Community, Companions,” says Siena. “We all appreciate being involved.”