NEW YORK, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AnnTaylor Stores Corporation (NYSE: ANN) today announced that the Company will be supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R), the premier pediatric cancer research center, in the hospital's signature Thanks and Giving(R) fundraising campaign this holiday season. Thanks and Giving, now in its fourth year, encourages consumers across the country to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and to give to those who are not."
Ann Taylor will be participating in the campaign for the first time this year. From Sunday, November 18th through Monday, December 24th, shoppers will be able to contribute to the campaign by adding a donation of any amount to purchases made in any of the Company's Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT, and Ann Taylor Factory stores. During this period, the Company will also be making a corporate donation to St. Jude and encouraging all Ann Taylor associates to participate through an internal corporate giving program.
Commenting on the partnership, Ann Taylor President and CEO Kay Krill stated, "Ann Taylor is proud to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which has made such a profound difference in the lives of so many children and their families. The focus of our ANN Cares initiative this holiday season is on helping children, and we could not have found a more inspirational partner with whom to join forces to do so. The entire Ann Taylor organization is extremely passionate and excited about making a difference through this partnership."
"Thanks and Giving is privileged to partner with some of the country's most respected brands and companies, and we're thrilled that Ann Taylor is involved this year," said Marlo Thomas. "We know Ann Taylor's customers welcome the opportunity to help St. Jude continue its work in the fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases."
Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented coming together of retail and corporate partners, media and celebrities, asking everyone to join them in supporting St. Jude's groundbreaking research that benefits children in communities across the country and around the world. St. Jude is the nation's leading pediatric cancer research and treatment center and the only one that covers all of the costs for medicine, treatment, food, travel and lodging. Eighty-five cents of each dollar received goes directly to research and treatment. For more information, call 1-800-4STJUDE or visit http://www.stjude.org.
Ann Taylor is one of the country's leading women's specialty retailers, operating 921 stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and also Online Stores at http://www.anntaylor.com and http://www.anntaylorLOFT.com as of November 3, 2007.
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