SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) announced today that it raised $3.9 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® during the 2014 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. The multi-faceted campaign included 557,000 donations from the company’s customers at time of purchase, special St. Jude-designated product sales where a portion of the sale was donated, employee donations, and donations from the company. With this past year’s campaign, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. celebrated its 10th year of partnership with St. Jude.
“I am so proud of our customers and our associates, who have given so generously to this worthy cause, which has touched the lives of so many,” said Laura Alber, President and CEO.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has raised more than $29 million in its decade of partnership with St. Jude. The funds raised in 2014 are part of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s first year of a new pledge to raise $30 million within the next 10 years. These funds will be used to maintain the St. Jude Cure4Kids website, a free website dedicated to improving health care for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, by offering first-rate content for continuing education as well as web communication tools to be shared amongst health professionals around the globe.
The St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony, children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, asks people to “give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not” in order to help St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
ABOUT WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. These products, representing eight distinct merchandise strategies – Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham – are marketed through e-commerce websites, direct mail catalogs and 603 stores. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. currently operates in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, offers international shipping to customers worldwide, and has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East and the Philippines.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, 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. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.