Sales of new Cookie Decorating Kits and Cookie Gift Boxes go to LLS to help blood cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

ATLANTA (May 1, 2020) – Baking for a cause! The Great American Cookies® e-commerce program now supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as it provides urgent support for blood cancer patients who are at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19. $2 from every sale of the new Cookie Decorating Kits and Cookie Gift Boxes go to support LLS’s mission and quest to cure blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to the lifesaving treatments they need. All items are baked the day they ship guaranteeing the delivery of fresh treats perfect for at-home celebrations and everyday enjoyment. Orders can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. and may be placed by going to Ship Cookies.

The New Cookie Decorating Kits come with everything you need to enjoy decorating your favorite Great American Cookies with family or friends including 6 chocolate chip cookies (3 heart shaped and 3 flower shaped) with bags of assorted colored icing, decorative sugar, sprinkles, and Mini M&M’s®. All baking and packaging takes place at Great American Cookies’ innovation center facility in Atlanta.

“At Great American Cookies, we believe in celebrations and sending love and comfort,” said Lisa Cheatham, Vice President of Growth Marketing for Global Franchise Group (GFG), the franchisor of the Great American Cookies brand. “Though COVID-19 has altered the way we are coming together, we are proud to be baking treats to help people celebrate life’s moments – from birthdays, to graduations, to sending a cookie care package to brighten someone’s day. Knowing our cookies add a little light while supporting the incredible work of LLS warms our hearts.”

Great American Cookies has a longstanding relationship with LLS and along with the Global Franchise Group family of brands (Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker®, Hot Dog on a Stick® and Round Table Pizza®) has raised more than $2.7 million for the organization through its annual “A Bite for the Fight” fundraising program.

During COVID-19, blood cancer patients need support more than ever. LLS recently launched a Patient Financial Aid Program for blood cancer patients experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic. In addition to investing in cutting-edge research to accelerate blood cancer cures, LLS has a full portfolio of patient services, including the LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program, Patient Aid, Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program and Urgent Need Program.

“Thanks to the generosity of partners like Great American Cookies, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is able to support blood cancer patients and their families when they need it most,” said Margo K. Lucero, LLS EVP Corporate Partnerships and Development. “We were founded 70 years ago by a family, for families, and will continue to fight for families until we achieve a world without blood cancer. We are so grateful to Great American Cookies – today more than ever – for being part of the LLS family.”

Customers requesting a large order sent to multiple addresses are asked to email [email protected]. For more fresh baked cookie goodness, follow Great American Cookies social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
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About Great American Cookies® Visit Great American Cookies
Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip Cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet Cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 40 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary Cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., ET.
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Annica Conrad

Annica Conrad
Chief Marketing Officer

Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.

Sam Patterson
Chief Financial Officer

Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.