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ANN INC. Raises More Than $4 Million for 8th Annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) Thanks and Giving(R) Campaign

The Company's ANN Cares(R) initiative raises record amount to help save children's lives by supporting St. Jude while shopping during the holiday season

Published 01-16-12

Submitted by ANN INC.

/PRNewswire/ - ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, announced today that it helped raise a Company record of $4.1 million dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, an increase of more than 40% over last year's contribution.

This holiday season, the Company's ANN Cares charitable initiative inspired customers to "give thanks for the healthy kids in their life, and give to those who are not" by joining St. Jude for the 8th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. Customers who shopped at Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory Stores, LOFT and LOFT Outlet had the opportunity to support St. Jude through an add-on donation during the check out process. Additionally, ANN INC. committed to donate $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. Through these efforts, the Company and its clients have raised more than $10 million for St. Jude in five years of participating in the campaign.

"Through the passion and support of our ANN INC. family of brands, associates and customers, we have raised more than $4 million for the children and families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," stated Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC.  "It is a privilege to support the important work being done at St. Jude and as both a CEO and a mother, I am so proud of this momentous achievement." 

"We are so grateful for ANN INC.'s ongoing support of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. "The Company's record-breaking fundraising this year is a testament to the passion and commitment their associates and customers have to St. Jude and our lifesaving mission of finding cures for children battling cancer and other deadly diseases."

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 ANN Cares

At ANN INC., we know that business and communities are intimately connected.  Our brands reflect our passion for playing an active role in making the world a better place.  In 2005, Kay Krill, President and CEO, launched our charitable arm, ANN Cares.  Through ANN Cares, we develop campaigns that engage, inspire, and connect our clients and our associates with the charities we support. We provide support to renowned programs that contribute to women's and children's health and well-being, as well as our associates and the environment.  Visit responsiblyann.com for more information.

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.

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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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