St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® And More Than 70 Leading National Brands Kick Off The Season Of Giving With Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., HomeGoods and Others Unite To Help End Childhood Cancer

Now in its twelfth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.st-jude-childrens-hospital-logo-beauty-and-the-beat-blog

Founded by the late actor/entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE-designated COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million. These funds support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research.

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children's Research...)

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Research…)

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we receive year after year during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Throughout the holiday season people open their hearts to the children of St. Jude and as a result, our doctors and scientists can continue their groundbreaking research and pioneering procedures that help us achieve our landmark survival rates. And, we are able to continue to ensure that no family pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food – because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.stjude-thanksandgiving

Beginning in November and running through the end of December, consumers can support St. Jude while they shop at a variety of businesses representing a cross-section of premier brands in retail, restaurant, travel, hospitality, media and beyond. Top returning campaign partners include Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.; HomeGoods, New York & Company, AutoZone, Brooks Brothers, GNC, Dollar General, Claire’s, Carnival Cruise Line, Justice, HSN, Marshalls, Chili’s® Grill & Bar; and Mazda, to name a few.

Kmart’s long history of success in supporting charitable causes is due to the generosity of our Shop Your Way members, customers and associates. We’re proud of the impact our results have made for the families of St. Jude and thankful to St. Jude for its tireless work to defeat cancer and other diseases in children. St. Jude made holiday shopping at Kmart more rewarding and we’re excited to support an organization that clearly means so much to our members,” said Alasdair James, President and Chief Member Officer at Kmart.4f7a2d08-09d7-45ed-a3d3-8274f86d93d6

This year, St. Jude partners are expanding and supporting the campaign in a variety of ways – from in-store fundraising to unique cross-promotions, events and online/mobile features.

It is Best Buy’s privilege to partner in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, by making it convenient for our customers to give back while shopping in stores and online during the holidays,” said Sharon McCollam, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Best Buy. “By adding options to give through our credit card signature pads last year, we made it easier for customers to contribute during the checkout process. As a result of their generosity, we were able to contribute $9.7 million last year, and hope to do even more this year to support the children and families served by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

OTHER PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Several partners are offering merchandise products during the holidays to benefit St. Jude including

Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, HomeGoods, HSN, Kmart, New York & Company, The Limited, TUMI, Westfield, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and their portfolio of brands; to name a few.

Kay® Jewelers will once again offer its popular plush animals benefitting St. Jude, this year featuring Travis and Trey.

AutoZone, returning for its 10th year as a St. Jude Thanks and Giving partner, will continue to ask consumers to donate at checkout via the credit pad.

Customers will be able to donate through a fully integrated online shopping cart at Best Buy, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Claire’s and ICING. In addition, customers will now be able to donate via the pin pad at the register at GameStop, The Limited, Crazy8 and Janie and Jack locations nationwide.

eBay is giving its customers the opportunity to give at checkout during the week of December 7. During this time, customers can also bid on celebrity items that will benefit St. Jude.

Domino’s will ask consumers to donate to St. Jude via walk-up, telephone, online and mobile orders, as well as the opportunity to purchase a St. Jude Meal Deal during the campaign timeframe. For each Meal Deal purchased, Domino’s will donate $1 to St. Jude.

Stage Stores and St. Jude will be featured on the Balancing Act on Lifetime TV this holiday season.

Party City has joined the campaign this year and customers can make a donation at nearly 600 stores nationwide or donate online during checkout. Continue reading

ANN INC. Celebrates Over a Decade of Partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

Fall Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Kicks-Off At Ann Taylor And Loft

ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey, is proud to celebrate more than a decade as a committed partner to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). Since 2005, ANN INC. has donated more than $23 million dollars to advance lifesaving research to improve the lives of women who are treated for or living with breast cancer.

On September 18, Ann Taylor and LOFT kick-off their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in support of BCRF through the sale of Ann Taylor Cares and LOFT Cares Cards and other select limited-edition products. Through this highly successful program, the Company has funded researchers who are leading the way in understanding targeted therapies by identifying genetic biomarkers, harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, studying how lifestyle factors can be AnnInc_Businesscard.inddmodified to reduce risk, and tracking the mechanisms by which metastasis occurs. During the 2015-2016 grant period, ANN INC. will fully fund seventeen leading-edge research projects.

I’m so proud of our associates and clients for all they’ve done to help support BCRF for more than a decade. It’s incredible to see how much we’re able to achieve when we all come together and rally for a cause so close to our hearts,” said Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC. “We look forward to continuing to support this organization that is making a difference in the lives of so many women we serve every day.”

The Ann Taylor and LOFT brands have created new, limited-edition products, including the Ann Taylor-designed A.T. Cares Collection consisting of a bracelet and necklace that each tell a story of love, hope, and endurance. The LOFT jewelry collection, including a necklace and earrings, was designed to help women battling breast cancer and those who support such a meaningful cause.

THE ANN TAYLOR CARES CARD AND LOFT CARES CARD: Customers who purchase a $25 Ann Taylor Cares Card or LOFT Cares Card will receive 20% off every purchase of $100 or more at Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory Store, LOFT Outlet from September 18 through November 15, 2015, or 25% off when using an Ann Taylor Credit Card or LOVELOFT Card. 90% of the card’s purchase price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A.T. CARES COLLECTION: The A.T. Cares Collection was created in tribute to the tradition of wearing charm jewelry as protective amulets and to commemorate life’s most treasured moments. From now through December 31, 2015 Ann Taylor will donate 50% of the purchase price of the Feather bracelet ($59.50) and the Circle of Strength necklace ($49.50) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The collection is available at Ann Taylor stores and online at anntaylor.com.

LOFT JEWELRY COLLABORATION: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LOFT has created a limited-edition collection of jewelry designed to help women battling breast cancer and those who support such a meaningful cause. From now through November 15, 2015 LOFT will donate 70% of the purchase price of the necklace ($69.50) and earrings ($39.50) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The collection is available at LOFT stores and online at loft.com.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Scientific Advisors recently completed the selection of grantees for the coming year and seventeen research grants were selected as the ANN INC. 2015-2016 BCRF. Grant recipients are:

Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; and Cynthia Ma, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPh, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Nancy E. Davidson, MD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Carol J. Fabian, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

Dawn L. Hershman, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY

Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven CT

Johanna Joyce, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Seema A. Khan, MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Nancy U. Lin, MD and Eric P. Winer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Kathy D. Miller, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD, MBA, Clinical Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lois E. Shepherd, MDCM, FRCP, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Annette L. Stanton, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Kala Visvanathan, MBBS, FRACP, MHS, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF downloadhas raised more than $560 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year, BCRF is investing $58.6 million in research, to support more than 226 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits and is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, which has awarded BCRF its Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit: www.bcrfcure.org.

Kay Krill and the entire ANN INC. family continue to be a vital partner in making an impact in the fight against breast cancer,” said Myra Biblowit, President of BCRF. “The Company’s unparalleled dedication and critical financial contributions are helping to enable life-saving research. Under Kay’s leadership, ANN INC. continues to help us make significant advancement in critical breast cancer research. We are incredibly grateful for all of the years of support and unwavering commitment.”

ANN INC. is a subsidiary of the ASCENA RETAIL GROUP, INC. (ASNA), and the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey. As of May 2, 2015, the Company operated 1,034 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT, LOFT Outlet and Lou & Grey stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. The brands are also available online in more than 100 countries worldwide at AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, Louandgrey.com or at LOFT franchise stores in Mexico. To learn more, visit ANNCares.com.

CHIC. LIFE. STYLE.: A 2013 Hollywood Holiday with Kate Hudson and Ann Taylor

Kate Hudson with Muse tour manager, Dom Anderson, and visual effects supervisor, Tom Kirk, in Ann Taylor’s Holiday 2013 campaign

Kate Hudson with Muse tour manager, Dom Anderson, and visual effects supervisor, Tom Kirk, in Ann Taylor’s Holiday 2013 campaign

Kate Hudson and Ann Taylor’s new Holiday 2013 campaign and Collection is a toast to a wild, whirlwind holiday season. The brand’s campaign was shot while Hudson was filming the movie “Good People” and touring Europe with fiancé Matt Bellamy, his band Muse, and her two sons. Fashion photographer Mikael Jansson shot Hudson at the Corinthia Hotel wearing her favorites from the holiday collection as she plays with her son, has cocktails with Muse tour manager, Dom, and visual effects supervisor, Tom, wraps presents, and makes her own online Wish List. She effortlessly balances work and play while staying present and savoring every precious moment this time of year. The holiday campaign debuts this November exclusively online and on social media.

Kate Hudson in a Little Black Dress from Ann Taylor’s Holiday 2013 Collection

Kate Hudson in a Little Black Dress from Ann Taylor’s Holiday 2013 Collection

This shoot was particularly fun. We were in London and wanted to get people together. I called some of our friends that work with my fiancé’s band. It was fun to be able to bring them into the fashion world. Luckily, I was able to have my family there too, so it made for a very enjoyable day!” Hudson said. Continue reading

ANN TAYLOR AND KATE HUDSON TO DEBUT CAPSULE COLLECTION AND RETURNS AS AMBASSADOR FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2013 CAMPAIGN

ANN TAYLOR is thrilled to announce that KATE HUDSON will return as ambassador of its spring and summer 2013 campaigns. ANN TAYLOR defines what it means to be chic, smart and sophisticated and offers beautiful, refined, wear-now pieces designed for how women live today. The company operates 280 stores across the United States, as well as an e-commerce website at www.anntaylor.com. Ann Taylor is a division of ANN INC (NYSE: ANN).

 

Kate Hudson wears Ann Taylor Floral Peplum Top and Paisley Madison Skirt for the brand’s Spring 2013 campaign

Kate Hudson wears Ann Taylor Floral Peplum Top and Paisley Madison Skirt for the brand’s Spring 2013 campaign

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