St. Honoré Boulangerie will celebrate the patron saint of baking from May 2 to 4 at both locations with 20 percent of its sales those days benefitting two community organizations, the Lake Oswego School District Foundation and the Speech and Hearing Institute.

This annual celebration honors Saint Honoré, the patron saint of bakers in France and is also a community fundraiser to help support children. The St. Honoré location at Lake View Village in Lake Oswego will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to the Lake Oswego School District Foundation. The Northwest Thurman location in Portland will direct 20 percent of its proceeds to the Speech and Hearing Institute.

'The boulangerie is part of a community both in Lake Oswego and in Northwest Portland and we want to continue supporting nonprofit causes that have a direct impact on children and families,' says owner Dominique Geulin. 'This is the first year we are celebrating Saint Honoré Day at our Lake Oswego location and we are excited to give back to the local schools in that community.'

Geulin noted that as tradition goes, a young man named Honoré became the Bishop of Amiens in 554. During his service a number of miraculous events occurred, which spared farmers, millers, and bakers from natural disasters. Residents of France connected the miracles with Bishop Honoré and in 1204 a Parisian baker built a chapel to commemorate him. Today, the chapel is no longer standing, but the name, Saint Honoré, is etched in a gate leading to Faubourg and Rue Saint Honoré in the heart of Paris. A statue of Saint Honoré hangs over the clay brick bread oven in the boulangerie.

For more about the Hearing and Speech Institute, visit its Web site at .

For more about the Lake Oswego School District Foundation, visit its Web site at .

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