Marlo and Tony Thomas present Michael Yowell, Pottery Barn District Manager, Chicago, with the 2011 Corporate Partner of the Year Award for Williams-Sonoma.

Memphis, Tennessee, June 29, 2011

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. named St. Jude Corporate Partner of the Year

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. was recognized as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Corporate Partner of the Year during the presentation of the ALSAC/St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Awards on June 24, 2011. St. Jude honored partners, volunteers and donors from across the country at the annual event.

"On behalf of the entire St. Jude family, I want to say a sincere thank you to Williams-Sonoma, Inc., their team members and customers. Their generous support moves us closer to our founder Danny Thomas' dream of a day when no child will die in the dawn of life," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has raised more than $15.5 million for St. Jude through the annual Thanks and Giving® fundraising campaign since 2005. In 2010, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. associates collected $4.1 million during the campaign—despite the troubling economy—through its Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home stores, catalogs and websites.

"Our partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of our company's most meaningful accomplishments," said Pat Connolly, chief marketing officer for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. "We're proud to be named Corporate Partner of the Year. This honor is shared with all our associates and customers, with whom we have contributed more than $15.5 million to St. Jude."

The ALSAC/St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Awards recognize a wide range of St. Jude supporters—from corporate partners to volunteer groups to individual donors. Each year, more than five million donors and more than one million volunteers and corporate partners support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

Shadyac and Danny Thomas' children—St. Jude national outreach director Marlo Thomas and ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors member Tony Thomas—presented the awards.

In addition to Williams-Sonoma, Inc., 2011 award winners include:

More awards recognizing exceptional volunteers and fundraisers will be awarded during an event in Memphis on July 31.


July 2011

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