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Williams-Sonoma Day at St. Jude

On May 21, top executives and general managers from Williams-Sonoma, Inc. visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to celebrate Williams-Sonoma Day at the hospital.

The special day was held in recognition of the company’s success during the 2007 Thanks and Giving campaign. During the campaign, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. raised more than $3.5 million through their employee giving campaign and by asking customers to make donations at the register.

“Our on-going relationship with St. Jude has become a defining characteristic of the corporate culture at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.,” said Pat Connolly, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

“I’d go as far as to say that Thanks and Giving is as much a part of our holiday season as Peppermint Bark! Every year when the campaign rolls around, the excitement and motivation around our corporate offices and our stores is palpable,” he said. “Our associates are proud of our contributions to St. Jude, and I know our customers can feel it as well when they shop in our stores.”

Pat Connolly was joined by Sharon McCollam, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, as well as 59 general managers from around the country who were selected for their stores’ performance during the holiday campaign.

The Williams-Sonoma, Inc. associates toured St. Jude and Target House prior to making their check presentation to David McKee, chief operating officer for ALSAC and Clark Sweat, senior vice president of Corporate Alliances.

In addition to their company’s generous donation, Connolly and McCollam presented signed copies of a commemorative book collecting the thoughts and spirit of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. associates who helped make this year’s Thanks and Giving campaign so successful.

View some of the remarks of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. employees

Since partnering with St. Jude in 2005, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has raised more than $6.5 million for the hospital through their brands:  Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, west elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen and Pottery Barn Bed + Bath. The Pottery Barn division has made significant contributions of its signature furniture to lend a warm, family feel to various areas of St. Jude.

St. Jude supporters can assist in Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s fundraising by donating at their favorite Williams-Sonoma, Inc. stores or online during this holiday shopping season.


June 2008