Robin Healey, Marietta Meacham, Pamela Marino, Bob Grissinger, Andrea Adams & Janet Darnell 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2014) – Bennett’s Fresh Roast raised $784 from its new donut to support local breast cancer care during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During October 2014, Bennett’s held a month-long fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds from the sales of its new Pink Strawberry Iced donut going to support Partners for Breast Cancer Care.

The one-of-a-kind organization funds breast-care procedures, such as screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment, for underserved Lee County women and men for free.

“My sister has battled breast cancer, so we are well-aware of how this horrible disease affects both women and men,” said Bennett’s owner Bob Grissinger, former local morning disc jockey C. David Bennett. “Early detection is so important to saving lives, and this local organization has helped thousands of clients at no cost.”

Both Bennett’s Fresh Roast locations in downtown Fort Myers and Sanibel Island offered the Pink Strawberry Iced donut at $1.99.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

“What a wonderful surprise to receive $784 from Bennett’s Fresh Roast. This donation will fund breast screening and diagnostic testing for 12 uninsured, low-income women or men in Lee County at no cost to them,” said Janet Darnell, executive director for Partners for Breast Cancer Care. “We are so grateful that this community effort will make such a difference right here in Lee County where there are 33,000 women without insurance and living below the poverty level. A huge thank you to Bob and his staff at both locations for helping us to continue our mission to save lives.”

Bennett’s Fresh Roast has prided itself on its fresh-from-scratch donuts made daily and being the only Southwest Florida donut shop offering fresh roasted coffee from the finest beans. For the past six years, the Bennett’s team has been known for unveiling delicious new donut concoctions from flavors including maple bacon, pumpkin spice, maple toffee crunch, s’mores and more. The shop has also become known for surprising offerings like its limited sale (which sold out) of Kopi Luwak coffee, often called “cat-poo coffee” after the prized bean from Indonesia that’s eaten by wild civets, passed through the animal’s digestive tract, and then collected and processed for brewing.

In addition to fresh roasted coffee and hand-cut-from-scratch donuts, Bennett’s also offers fresh desserts from Grissinger’s own recipe book including praline bread pudding, lemon bars and pies, giving area residents an alternative for afternoon treats. Bennett’s also features packaged whole bean or ground coffees, breakfast muffins, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches. On the weekends, Bennett’s Strata (a layered baked breakfast dish) is a regular sellout. Tea lovers can choose from a large variety of Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Lunch offerings, including paninis, soups, sandwiches, three signature salads and Bennett’s ‘Chicken & Donut’, ‘Donut Dog’ and new Lobster Roll are available Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bennett’s has two locations in Southwest Florida, one in downtown Fort Myers and one on Sanibel Island. The Fort Myers shop is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Sanibel location is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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