Ann Taylor Supports the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Friday, September 26, 2008 General News
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Company's ANN Cares Program Benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation(R) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)



NEW YORK, Sep. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ann Taylor Stores Corporation (NYSE: ANN) today reaffirmed its philanthropic commitment to the fight against breast cancer, which the Company supports through its ANN Cares program. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Ann Taylor is proud to continue its long-standing support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation(R) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R). In 2007, Ann Taylor donated over $1.3 million to the fight against breast cancer through the sale of the Company's ANN Cares Cards, participation in Komen Race for the Cure(R) events, and by hosting Salute to Survivor Shopping Events, all of which the Company is continuing in 2008.



Commenting on the Company's commitment to fighting breast cancer, Ann Taylor President and CEO Kay Krill stated, "Ann Taylor is proud to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation(R) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R). The work of these two organizations is making a meaningful difference in the fight against breast cancer and is improving the lives of many women throughout the world."



THE ANN CARES CARD

Each Fall, Ann Taylor offers the sale of ANN Cares Cards in all of the Company's stores and online. Ninety percent (90%) of the purchase price of every card sold is donated directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation(R), an organization dedicated to funding valuable research to prevent and cure breast cancer in our lifetime. Those who purchase the $25 ANN Cares Card, which is available now through October 15th, will receive 20% off every purchase of $100 or more at Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT Outlet, anntaylor.com, and anntaylorLOFT.com through the end of October.



KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE(R)

Throughout the year, Ann Taylor supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), by participating in Race for the Cure(R) events across the country. Ann Taylor raised more than $150,000 for the 2008 New York City Race for the Cure alone and, for the twelfth consecutive year, was distinguished as the largest corporate team in New York City on Race Day.



SALUTE TO SURVIVORS SHOPPING EVENTS

During the month of October, Ann Taylor hosts Salute to Survivors Shopping Events in select markets across the country to celebrate breast cancer survivors and support Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R). The events feature special offers, live DJs, refreshments, and local survivors modeling Ann Taylor fashions. Attendees at the shopping events receive a 20% discount on in-store merchandise, with 5% of the proceeds benefitting local Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R). Each participating store will make a guaranteed minimum donation of $1,000 to the local Komen Affiliate.



Following is a schedule of Salute to Survivors events this year:



All events are held from 6 - 8 PM.



About Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Stores Corporation is one of the leading women's specialty retailers for fashionable clothing in the United States, operating 959 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory, and LOFT Outlet stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as online at AnnTaylor.com and AnnTaylorLOFT.com. Visit AnnTaylorStoresCorp.com for more information (NYSE: ANN).



About ANN Cares

ANN Cares is the philanthropic and social responsibility program of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation (NYSE: ANN) that supports causes to which the Company is firmly committed -- women, children, the environment, and Ann Taylor associates. For more information, visit ANNCares.com.





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