ANN INC. Celebrates Sixth Consecutive Year of Supporting the St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving® Campaign
Through its ANN Cares® charitable platform, the Company invites Ann Taylor and
LOFT clients to give back this holiday season
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --ANN INC., the parent Company of Ann
Taylor and LOFT, announced today that it is partnering with St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital for the sixth consecutive year to support the
organization's annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. Holiday shoppers
will be encouraged to help children with cancer and other deadly diseases by
donating funds for pioneering research and exceptional care provided at St.
Clients who shop at Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet
stores now through December 31, will have the opportunity to support St. Jude
through an add-on donation during the checkout process. Additionally, to honor
St. Jude's mission of finding cures and saving children, Ann Taylor
collaborated with fashion illustrator and designer, Virginia Johnson, to
create a limited edition scarf and tote. The collection is inspired by the
iconic elephant shared by the primary long-term stay residence for St. Jude
patients and families. It stands for family and love, and 60 percent of the
purchase price the Elephant Scarf and Tote will be donated to St. Jude. Both
are available at Ann Taylor and anntaylor.com from November 16, 2012 through
February 2, 2013.
"Through the passion and support of our ANN INC. family of brands, associates
and clients, we are proud to be part of the life changing work being done at
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," stated Kay Krill, President and CEO of
ANN INC. "As a mother of two, I am personally grateful that our company is
able to raise significant funds needed to make a difference in the lives of
these children and their families."
As a company for women, ANN INC.'s purpose is realized through its cause and
corporate social responsibility initiatives that focus on caring for the full
lives and well-being of all women, including women with children. Since 2007,
ANN INC. has raised more than $11 million for the children and families of St.
Jude through its ANN Cares charitable platform. To date, ANN Cares has
contributed more than $20 million to charitable partners.
"The return of ANN INC. as a St. Jude Thanks and Giving partner is a testament
to the company's commitment to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude," said Marlo
Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"Thanks to partners like ANN INC. and its loyal clients, St. Jude is able to
continue saving the lives of countless children around the world, all at no
cost to patients and their families."
The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and
her siblings Terre and Tony, children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas,
celebrates the season of giving by building attention and garnering funds for
St. Jude during those months of busy holiday shopping. The funds raised during
this campaign impact the lives of children in communities across the world, as
St. Jude openly shares research discoveries directly with doctors and
To find your local Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet Stores
or to donate online, visit anntaylor.com or LOFT.com. To learn more about the
St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign or to make a donation, visit stjude.org or
About ANN INC.
ANN INC. is the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, two of the leading
women's specialty retail fashion brands in North America. The Company operates
962 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet stores in 46 states,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada as of July 28, 2012, as well
as online at AnnTaylor.com and LOFT.com. Visit ANNINC.com for more information
About ANN Cares®
ANN INC.'s commitment to corporate responsibility extends into the communities
where we live and work. Through its charitable platform, ANN Cares, the
Company develops campaigns that engage, inspire, and connect its clients and
associates with the charities that it supports. ANN INC. provides support to
renowned programs that contribute to women's and children's health and
well-being, as well as its associates and the environment. Since 2005, the
Company has contributed over $20 million to its national charitable partners.
Visit ResponsiblyANN.com for more information.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed
the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every
child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude
discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric
cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only
National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted
solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood
disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the
late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the
dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on
facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
SOURCE ANN INC.
Contact: Catherine Fisher, VP, Corporate Communications, +1-212-541-3300
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