Inverness Village is a community full of people who believe in the importance of sharing their blessing with others.
But few of them have had the good fortune to go national with their efforts like Sue Stees and her husband, Dr. Tom Stees.
In 2001, Sue put forth the idea to develop a Pink Ribbon bagel as a way to raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. At the time, she and her husband owned multiple Panera stores in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. The cherry-flavored, ribbon-shaped bagel took off and is now a fixture in all participating Panera locations during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of proceeds go to support breast cancer organizations.
Although Sue no longer formally works for the franchise, where she served in marketing and community relations, she is still very involved in the Pink Ribbon bagel campaign.
Here at Inverness Village, she puts her creativity to use raising funds for the community's benevolent care program. volunteers with associate appreciation efforts, and is the former chair of the Inverness Village Dining Committee.
And Sue still jumps in for business when the opportunity presents itself. Sue took part in five Panera at Home cooking segments for Tulsa News on 6 last June. Check out her recipe and demo of Panera’s Asian Sesame Power Salad.