PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, is once again partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, for the sixth consecutive year, on the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. The program, now in its eighth year, builds awareness and raises funds for the lifesaving research and treatment being done at St. Jude to help children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.
In 2010, GNC raised over $1.9 million from its customers and employees. GNC customers will have the opportunity to make a donation at any one of the company's more than 3,700 U.S. retail corporate and franchise locations as well as online at GNC.com. GNC noted that 100% of the funds it raises from customers and employees goes directly to St. Jude.
"We are delighted to join St. Jude for the sixth straight year in supporting this remarkable donation program that assists children who are suffering from catastrophic childhood diseases," said Jeff Hennion, EVP - Chief Marketing Officer & e-Commerce at GNC (@jeffhennion). "GNC believes that giving 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 this holiday season."
"GNC is a committed partner to our holiday Thanks and Giving campaign, helping us increase awareness and raise funds for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. "It is because of partners like GNC and their customers that we can keep our promise that no child will ever be turned away if a family can't pay."
The annual holiday campaign asks customers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not." To learn more or to donate today, visit www.gnc.com or www.stjude.org.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital's research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving® national campaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners that ask consumers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not." The Thanks and Giving initiative was created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings, Terre and Tony Thomas, children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support the lifesaving work of St. Jude – to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St Jude impacts the lives of children in communities across the country. Consumers are asked to shop at companies where the St. Jude green magnifying glass logo is displayed; donate online at www.tg.stjude.org, where a list of fundraising partners is available, or call 1-800-4STJUDE.
GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."
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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