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ANN INC., Parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, Supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) Through Annual Thanks and Giving(R) Campaign for Fifth Year

Through its ANN Cares charitable platform, the company invites customers to help children battling cancer and other deadly childhood diseases while shopping this holiday season

Published 11-22-11

Submitted by ANN INC.

/PRNewswire/ - ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, announced that it will join St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the eighth annual Thanks and Giving campaign by asking shoppers to "give thanks for the healthy kids in your life and give to those who are not."

Now through December 31st, customers who shop at Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT, and LOFT Outlet stores will have an opportunity to support St. Jude through an add-on donation during the check out process. Additionally, ANN INC. has committed to donating $100,000 from the sale of limited edition products benefitting St. Jude including: the Little Ann Collection and matching Mommy styles available at anntaylor.com and select Ann Taylor stores; and three LOFT Cares charm necklaces, representing the Love, Joy, and Hope of the patients at St. Jude, available at LOFT stores and LOFT.com.

"I am inspired every year by the important work being done by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," stated Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC. "As both a CEO and mother, I am grateful and proud that our company is able to raise significant funds needed to make such a difference in the lives of children and their families."

This marks the fifth year of ANN INC.'s participation in the Thanks and Giving campaign. Since 2007, the company has raised over $6.7 million for St. Jude through its ANN Cares® charitable initiatives.

"We are thrilled that ANN INC. has returned to the Thanks and Giving family this year," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. "As shoppers pick up their gifts at Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT, and LOFT Outlet Stores this holiday season, they will have the chance to help ensure that the children of St. Jude and their families get the chance to enjoy many more holidays for years to come."

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 www.stjude.org or call 1-800-4STJUDE.

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 the United States. The Company operates 950 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of October 29, 2011, as well as online at AnnTaylor.com and LOFT.com. Visit ANNINC.com for more information (NYSE: ANN).

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital's research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.

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ANN INC. is the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, two of the leading women's specialty retail fashion brands in the United States. The Company operates 942 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of July 30, 2011, as well as online at AnnTaylor.com and LOFT.com. Visit ANNINC.com for more information (NYSE: ANN).

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