GNC Raises $2.79 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® in 8th Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign
Nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products increases amount donated by customers and employees by 40% over 2010 in seventh year of partnering in the campaign
Jan 30, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, is pleased and proud to announce that its employees and customers donated a total of $2.79 million during GNC's seventh consecutive annual partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through their Thanks and Giving campaign – a 40% increase over the amount raised in 2010. The program, now in its eighth year, builds awareness and raises funds for the lifesaving research and treatment done at St. Jude to help children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.
GNC customers had the opportunity to make a donation at any of the company's more than 3,700 U.S. retail corporate and franchise locations as well as online at GNC.com. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to St. Jude.
"We are so proud of our customer's generosity this year as we exceeded last year's contribution by a remarkable 40%," said Tom Dowd, GNC Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer & General Manager. "It is truly an honor to be associated with St. Jude. GNC believes that donating to the Thanks and Giving campaign is one of the best ways that customers and employees can take a moment and contribute to something important – helping these children and their families "live well" throughout the holiday season."
Each year the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign ignites the competitive fire of GNC employees, and the entire organization gets involved in the fundraising push. "Despite tough economic times, our customers again supported St. Jude, and their generosity inspired all of us to push even harder to beat last year's contributions," Dowd said
"GNC has been a committed partner to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign for several years, and this year more than ever," said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude. "It is because of partners like GNC and their customers that we have been able to increase awareness of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, and keep our promise that no child will ever be turned away if a family can't pay."
As of September 30, 2011, GNC has more than 7,500 locations, of which more than 5,800 retail locations are in the United States (including 919 franchise and 2,103 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 52 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). 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. Their broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men, Ultra Mega, GNC Wellbeing, Pro Performance and Longevity Factors, and under nationally recognized third party brands.
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