Feb. 18, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jason Flowers

(412) 472-2927

Laurel Highlands Council Boy Scouts Issues Honors;
Sam Covelli Receives Whitney M. Young Award

The Laurel Highlands Council, Scoutreach Division of the Boy Scouts of America recently honored several people at its annual dinner, including Sam Covelli of Covelli Enterprises, who received the 2016 Whitney M. Young Award.

Jason Flowers, director of special projects for the the Laurel Highlands Council, said Sam Covelli, president of Covelli Enterprises, was selected for the honor because of the work that he and employees of his company’s Panera Bread restaurants have done to help the communities throughout the Pittsburgh region by providing major economic opportunities.

The Whitney M. Young Award is named in honor of the late executive director of the national Urban League, who died in Nigeria in 1971. Young was known for bridging the gap between African-Americans and the corporate world, which was often dominated by whites.

“I believe that Sam Covelli has shown great leadership in continuing Whitney M. Young’s legacy by providing equal employment opportunities for all in his workforce” said Flowers. “As leaders of Boy Scouts, we work hard to recognize men and women who are inspiring role models for our Scouts,” Flowers said.

Covelli’s company, the nation’s largest franchisee of Panera Bread restaurants, is headquartered in Warren. Covelli said he was honored to receive the award.

“This award is extremely meaningful to me and I am honored to be the face of a company that is committed to building bridges, not walls,” Covelli said.

Others who were recognized at the event Feb. 18 at Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh were: Hugo Lopez PhD., K. Chase Patterson, and Scott Lammie, who each received the Livingstone M. Johnson Award.

The Laurel Highlands Council serves over 25,000 Boy Scouts in the Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Cumberland, Md. areas.

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