Two Retail Leaders Join March Of Dimes Board Of Trustees

           Two Retail Leaders Join March Of Dimes Board Of Trustees

PR Newswire

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two retail
industry leaders were elected to the March of Dimes National Board of
Trustees, it was announced today. March of Dimes trustees, who serve as
volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing
its mission. They serve five-year terms.

The new trustees are: Deidra C. Merriwether, senior vice president and chief
operating officer, Kmart and Sears formats, of Sears Holdings Corporation, and
Will A. Smith, senior vice president of marketing Brown Shoe Company
Retail/Famous Footwear. They join a distinguished group of more than 30
trustees as the organization prepares to celebrate its 75^th anniversary next

More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year and for the
past 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped each and every one of them
through our research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

Kmart is the March of Dimes' longest-standing corporate supporter and has
raised more than $106 million during the 29-year partnership. Famous Footwear
has supported the March of Dimes since 1997 and collaborates with Dr. Scholl's
as the "Official Shoe Sponsor" of March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest
fundraising event.

"Thanks to the continued support of Kmart and Famous Footwear associates and
customers, we're able to improve the health of mothers and babies around the
nation by offering educational programs to help women have healthy pregnancies
and by supporting research to find answers to the problems that threaten
babies' health," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes.
"We're so pleased these industry leaders, who represent longstanding corporate
partners, are willing to take on this new role and work with us to give more
babies a healthy start in life."

Ms. Merriwether is a veteran retail industry with nearly two decades of
business operations experience. She specializes in finance, business
performance management, real estate and retail operations. Ms. Merriwether
holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in finance and operations
management from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a
bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State
University. She is married to Jonathan Merriwether; the couple lives in St.
Charles, IL with their son. 

Mr. Smith has been with Famous Footwear since 2008, leading the marketing,
advertising, and brand development for the store retail chain. He earned a
psychology degree from Cornell University, and his masters in Business
Administration in marketing from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke
University. He is married to Nancy Taylor Smith, and the couple lives in St.
Louis, IL with their two children. Brown Shoe Company and Famous Footwear
have worked with the March of Dimes since 2001 and have been an official
partner since 2003. To date, they have raised over $12.2 million for the
March of Dimes.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and
baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for
BabiesĀ®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest
resources and information, visit or Find us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD),
is a mass merchandising company and part of ShopYourWay, a social shopping
experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits
across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio
of exclusive brands that include Sofia by Sofia Vergara, Jaclyn Smith, Joe
Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company's
website at| Sears Holdings Corporation website at| Facebook:

About Brown Shoe Company
Brown Shoe Company is a $2.6 billion, global, footwear company that puts
consumers and their needs first, by targeting the strategic Family, Healthy
Living and Contemporary Fashion platforms. We have more than 130 years of
experience, passion and product innovation, and when it comes to Family,
Famous Footwear is the leading, branded footwear retailer. We're an authority
in casual and fitness footwear, and each year, more than 110 million consumers
visit our 1,100 stores and for nationally recognized brands and the
latest styles at a value. Visit to learn more about us. Brown
Shoe Company: feel good and live better... feet first!

SOURCE March of Dimes

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