NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ANN INC. (NYSE: ANN), the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, today announces its continued support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through its planned giving campaign, new in-store and online promotions, and the support of thirteen BCRF researchers.
"As a company made up of 93% women, ANN INC. has a responsibility to help address real issues facing women today. Breast cancer touches the lives of so many women, and our support of BCRF is incredibly important to our associates, our clients and our leadership," said Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC. "We're committed to helping women put their best selves forward, and through this giving campaign, we hope to help make a positive difference for those women who have been or will be touched by this disease."
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, ANN INC. is proud to support BCRF through the sale of Ann Taylor Cares and LOFT Cares Cards. Through this unique program, the Company has donated $10 million since 2005 and in 2012-2013 will fully fund thirteen research projects. The grantees represent a group of esteemed investigators from leading institutions across the country.
Additionally, the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands are each offering new opportunities to engage their clients in support of the cause by purchasing limited-edition products. To honor Evelyn Lauder , founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Ann Taylor designed The Evelyn Lauder Legacy Collection, inspired by archive pieces from Evelyn Lauder's exquisite jewelry collection. This year's LOFT "Live In Pink" campaign features a signature pink collection designed by LOFT, styled by Giuliana Rancic , and anchored by a limited-edition statement necklace of Giuliana's own design.BCRF will be honoring Kay Krill with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to raising awareness of breast cancer and ANN INC.'s support of lifesaving research. The Award will be presented by Kate Hudson , award-winning actress and the face of Ann Taylor's fall campaign. The annual BCRF Symposium and Awards Luncheon will take place on October 30, 2012 at the Waldorf= Astoria. "The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is grateful for the ongoing support from ANN INC. because it fuels our mission to continue to make a significant investment in life-saving breast cancer research," said Myra Biblowit, President, BCRF. "I am so honored to recognize Kay and ANN INC. for their passion for women's issues and their critical financial contributions to the Foundation. It is clear that Kay as a leader and ANN INC. as a company truly live and breathe their purpose and values. Kay Krill's dedication to making a direct impact on women's lives makes her especially deserving of the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award." 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 962 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of July 28, 2012, as well as online at AnnTaylor.com and LOFT.com. Visit ANNINC.com for more information (NYSE: ANN).