PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, would like to thank employees and customers for helping to raise $3.4 million during the 2013 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ®Thanks and Giving® campaign. This year's donation brings the total to more than $13 million over the company's ten years of participation in the campaign.
The Thanks and Giving campaign builds awareness of and raises funds for the lifesaving research and treatment done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancers and other deadly diseases. Every dollar raised goes directly to support children and their families as they seek specialized pediatric healthcare at St. Jude. "For 10 years, the incredible generosity of our employees and customers has helped so many children who are in need of treatment at St. Jude," said Joe Fortunato, President and CEO of GNC. "I would like to personally thank GNC staff and customers for their efforts and support in continuing to drive the success of this important St. Jude's Thanks and Giving campaign - one of GNC's most important corporate philanthropy partnerships. Giving to help others – particularly children in need – is truly one of the best ways to Live Well!" About GNCGNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC." The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. GNC's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, Total Lean™, Pro Performance®, Pro Performance® AMP, Beyond Raw®, and under nationally recognized third party brands. As of December 31, 2013, GNC has more than 8,500 locations, of which more than 6,300 retail locations are in the United States (including 1,012 franchise and 2,215 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in more than 50 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made).