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Kay Jewelers takes lead in genome initiative


Attending the historic announcement of the St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital – Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project at the
National Press Club in Washington, D.C., were (from left) David Bouffard,
vice president of Public Relations for Sterling Jewelers Inc., parent
company of Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry and various
regional brands; St. Jude parent Nancy Mills, Dr. William E. Evans, director
and CEO of St. Jude; and Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the
hospital's fundraising organization.


For more than a decade, Kay Jewelers has been a major partner in helping St. Jude Children's Research Hospital find cures and save children.

Now the company's dedication to the mission of St. Jude is taking on a new dimension with its commitment to provide $20 million as the lead sponsor of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital – Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project.

"We are proud be the lead sponsor for this historic research effort that holds such promise for saving children from cancer," said, Mark Light, CEO of Kay Jewelers. "Year after year our employees have seen the remarkable progress being made at St. Jude, and we welcome the opportunity to be a part of this historic initiative that will transform the understanding and treatment of childhood cancer in the future."

Rick Shadyac, Jr., Chief Executive Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude, said "Kay Jewelers' leadership in supporting this groundbreaking project speaks volumes about the company's strong values, dedication to excellence, and commitment to charitable giving that is children-focused and research-based."

Kay Jewelers selected St. Jude as its national charity of choice in 1999, and has wholeheartedly stood behind our mission ever since. The company kicked off its support with an employee-giving campaign and the sale of holiday plush items, which this year included a cuddly brown puppy wearing a winter hat and scarf named "Colby." The plush promotion continues to be a national success story and is augmented by employee giving, a Mother's Day promotion and a corporate donation.

Most recently, the company showed its dedication to St. Jude with a $16 million multi-year commitment to remodel and significantly expand the St. Jude cafeteria, which is now named the Kay Kafe.

In addition, Kay Jewelers has provided valuable support to renovate the Solid Tumor Clinic, the patient registration area and the second floor lobby in the Patient Care Center.

"Our partnership with Kay Jewelers has been invaluable in helping us provide the best in family-centered patient care over the last decade," Shadyac said. "Now, with this latest and largest commitment, Kay Jewelers will have a lasting impact on research that will lay the foundation for better ways to diagnose and treat cancer in the 21st Century."


February 2010