December 13, 2016

 

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Kay® Jewelers has announced the launch of the #SingForStJudeDonation campaign. Guests can help support St. Jude by uploading a video of themselves singing the Kay Jewelers jingle – “Every Kiss Begins with Kay” – to the Kay Facebook page or on Twitter and using the hash tag, #SingForStJudeDonation. In celebration of the Kay 100th anniversary, $100 will be donated to St. Jude for every video posted from now through December 24, up to $50,000 in total.

Since the inception of the partnership with St. Jude in 1999, Kay has raised nearly $53 million dollars to help St. Jude advance research and treatment of childhood cancer. These funds are critical given that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Most recently, Kay and St. Jude announced the latest collaborative effort, the Kay Research and Care Center, a six story building in the heart of St. Jude’s campus. The Kay Research & Care Center ushered in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for the kids at St. Jude.

In addition to participating in the #SingForStJudeDonation campaign, guests can also support Kay and its efforts benefitting St. Jude through the annual plush campaign. This year two plush animals — Kit, an adorable plush bear, and Kobie, a cuddly plush puppy — are available at all Kay stores for $13.99 each. All profits, no less than $7 of the purchase price of each “Kit” and “Kobie,” will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

About Kay® Jewelers

Kay® Jewelers, the number one jewelry store in America, is conveniently located in malls and off-mall shopping centers across the country. Kay® Jewelers is operated by Signet Jewelers Limited, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet Jewelers operates Kay® Jewelers among its approximately 3,600 stores. For additional information on Kay® Jewelers visit www.Kay.com, follow us on Facebook® (www.facebook.com/KayJewelers), Twitter® (www.twitter.com/KayJewelers), YouTube (www.youtube.com/KayJewelers), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/KayJewelers) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/KayJewelers).

Shoppers who wish to support St. Jude with their online shopping at Kay Jewelers and more than 1700 other retailers can join iGive at https://www.iGive.com/Stjude

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December 7, 2016

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This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s leading youth development non-profit that helps serve nearly 4 million kids and teens during the after-school and summer time.  Nineteen partners, 5 iGive Retailers, are donating and encouraging their customers to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs of America now through December 31, 2016. More than 4,200 Boys & Girls Clubs serve millions of kids and teens, enabling more youth to achieve a great future. There is an estimated 16 million Club alumni living today and in a recent study, more than half (54 percent) said their Boys & Girls Club saved their life.

Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season include Gap/Gap Factory, T-Mobile, Party City, Planet Fitness and Toyota.  In addition, the following iGive partners have active promotions:

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores
Nov. 1Dec. 24, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Bon-Ton Stores are partnering this holiday season with a cause marketing campaign at all Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores. Now through Dec. 24, 2016, Bon-Ton invites its customers to support Boys & Girls Clubs by (1) purchasing Peppermint the Teddy Bear online or in-store and choose from a selection of jumbo size coloring books 5 titles available, 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to support local Clubs. (2) making an online donation, or (3) between Nov. 14Dec. 24 donating $3 and getting a coupon for $15 off their next purchase. Visit any store location or shop online at bonton.com.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Nov. 1Dec. 31, 2016
Join the Merry Mission and give the gift of a great future to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Build-A-Bear Workshop invites you to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season by adding a donation to your purchase at checkout. For more information, visit www.buildabear.com/merrymission/purpose.

AT&T
Nov. 29Dec. 6, 2016
During the Giving Tuesday timeframe (11/29 – 12/6), AT&T is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America through AT&T Aspire, its signature philanthropic initiative, and AT&T THANKS, its customer appreciation program. When customers in the AT&T THANKS program redeem their Ticket Twosdays offer, AT&T will donate two movie tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs.

UGG®
Nov. 11Dec. 31, 2016
Join UGG® this holiday season in its seventh consecutive year of support to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Visit any of their North American Stores and donate directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the register.

GoDaddy
Jan. 1, 2016Jan. 31, 2017
This holiday season you can help by visiting GoDaddy.com.  Every round-up to Boys & Girls Clubs of America will help us ensure greater futures for youth in 2017! Additionally GoDaddy offices are collecting toys for Club kids and their families.

No matter the season, Boys & Girls Clubs of America encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. Visit GreatFutures.org to learn more about how to give back throughout the holidays and the rest of the year.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.  There are 45 different Boys & Girls Clubs listed on iGive.com, if your club isn’t listed you may add it.

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November 23, 2016

Carter's Giving Tuesday

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Carter’s is amplifying it’s partnership with Pajama Program.  On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Carter’s will participate with a one day, “One for One” campaign. For every pajama purchased on GivingTuesday (both in-store and online), Carter’s will donate a pajama to children in need up to 100,000.  If you shop through iGive.com, your cause will also earn a donation.

One in 5 American children live in poverty – a higher rate than any other developed country except for Romania 1,168,354 homeless students in the 2011-12 school year, 24% increase since 2009 (U.S. Department of Education)

In 2015, 700K people participated in Giving Tuesday, donating over $116M.  Carter’s shoppers can also support he Pajama Program with a monetary donation, Cash donations will help purchase and deliver more new pajamas and books, facilitate more reading activities and support the national volunteer network.

Carter’s is the leading brand of children’s clothing, gifts and accessories in America, selling more than 10 products for every child born in the U.S. Designs are based on a heritage of quality and innovation that has earned the trust of generations of families. At Carter’s they are committed to ensuring that the manufacture of all products is performed in compliance with the highest legal and ethical standards of social responsibility.

By distributing new pajamas and new books to children in need, the Pajama Program is able to help provide children with a comforting, nurturing bedtime and literacy support. Their reading center helps to bridge the 30,000,000 word gap and gives these children the opportunity to read one on one with an adult, something they may not otherwise experience. Through its partnership with Carter’s, Pajama Program is able to provide hundreds of thousands of warm and comforting pajamas to under-served, abused and neglected children to help create a secure and nurturing bedtime. As the lead partner of the One Million Good Nights campaign, Carter’s was committed to helping us reach the goal of providing One Million Good Nights for children who need them most. Carter’s has been partnering with Pajama Program and providing loving support since 2009.

 

 

August 12, 2016

iGive retailer eBags supports teachers and students

Leading travel goods and school backpack retailer eBags announced today that it has teamed up with the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org to help support public teachers and their students in the back-to-school season. Every school backpack purchased will mean a $1 donation to DonorsChoose.org.

Peter Cobb, eBags co-Founder, commented, “Helping elementary kids create their own journeys throughout the world through virtual reality is perfectly aligned with our mission and values as a company. We genuinely believe that travel creates better world citizens, so we’re thrilled to be involved in helping these kids learn about the world beyond their doorsteps.”

To date, DonorsChoose has raised more than $400 million nationwide, impacting more than 19 million students in 70,000 schools. In addition to the donation, $1, eBags is launching a DonorsChoose.org landing page that encourages millions of their back-to-school shoppers to learn more about the non-profit’s programs.

eBags CEO Mike Edwards is passionate about what’s happening around the country with DonorsChoose.org. “As the go-to source for school backpacks and a leader in the travel space, this is a truly meaningful way for us to give back to communities and help ensure that our next generation receives an excellent education. We are committed to donating $1 for each school backpack purchase on eBags.com during this peak back to school season.”

About eBagsWith more than 17 years in travel and over 26 million bags sold, eBags is the leading online retailer of luggage, backpacks and accessories. The company is devoted to helping its customers find the perfect travel gear for any journey. Ranked a top luggage retailer in 2016 by Consumer Reports. eBags features 80,000 products from 800 brands, including TUMI, Samsonite, Kenneth Cole, Patagonia, The North Face and more. For more information, visit eBags.com. eBags purchases made through iGive.com can support your favorite cause.

June 28, 2016

 

Westlake Ace Hardware knows that summer isn’t all fun for the elderly, those without air conditioning or with medical conditions. The are joining together with The Salvation Army to raise money for fans.  The group of stores will kick off the fan drive with a donation of 475 fans to The Salvation Army. In 2015, more than $56,000 was donated by Westlake customers, equating to more than 3,600 fans, donated at cost, to The Salvation Army.

From June 23 to July 10, each of Westlake’s 92 store locations will participate in the fan drive by asking customers to donate to The Salvation Army at the register.

“Unfortunately, there is always a great need for fans and because many of Westlake locations are centrally located, residents in those communities often suffer from severe summer heat,” said Jeff Curnow, Community Relations Manager, The Salvation Army USA Central Territory. “Because of this partnership, we will be able to provide relief to many needy families.”

If you’d like to contribute to the Westlake fan drive, visit any Westlake Hardware location or donate online at westlakehardware.com/fandrive.

About Westlake Ace Hardware

Westlake has been in operation for more than 100 years and currently has 92 neighborhood hardware stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It has been part of the Ace hardware distribution network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012. Ace Hardware enables online customers to give back to their favorite causes by shopping through iGive.com. Westlake is the largest member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative, giving its customers access to more than 70,000 products—both in-store and by special order—to help them complete numerous household and lawn and garden projects. For more information about Westlake, please visit westlakehardware.com.

June 8, 2016
"QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE" Public Service Announcement featuring Melissa Rivers & Brad Goreski (PRNewsFoto/QVC, Inc.)

“QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” Public Service Announcement featuring Melissa Rivers & Brad Goreski (PRNewsFoto/QVC, Inc.)

This Saturday, June 11, 2016, QVC will be hosting a two-hour special program dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer. This special broadcast will be live and will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while helping women and their families.

During the  event, many top brands will be offered at 50% of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* and * 80 percent of the purchase price** of donated merchandise benefitting OCRFA. Shopping through iGive.com also enables your favorite cause to benefit as well.

“QVC is committed to supporting the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships and together with OCRFA we are able to support this mission and raise valuable funds for research and patient support programs, ” said said Rachel Ungaro, vice president, fashion and beauty merchandising, QVC

“Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest diseases women face and more needs to be done to raise awareness and funds,” said Audra Moran, president and CEO, OCRFA. “QVC’s Super Saturday broadcast has been a tremendous help in spreading OCRFA’s message into millions of homes across the U.S.”

Since 2007, QVC Presents Super Saturday Live has helped generate more than $10.3 million for Ovarian Cancer research.

For more information and to shop for the cause visit QVC.com/SuperSaturday.  Beginning June 11, the full “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” product assortment will be available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 358 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. ©2016 QVC, Inc., QVC, the Q and Q Ribbon Logo, are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc. and QVC, Inc.

About Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA)

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Ovarian Cancer Research Fund merged with Ovarian Cancer National Alliance earlier this year to become OCRFA, the voice for ovarian cancer.  OCRFA advances private research, advocates for increased federal research, awareness dollars and policies that give women access to the services they need, as well as supports women and their families before, during and after a diagnosis.  OCRFA has invested over $70 million in private ovarian cancer research and lobbied Congress for over $2.2 billion dollars dedicated to ovarian cancer research and awareness and has ensured the issues faced by the ovarian cancer community are heard in local and national legislative offices. Programs like Woman to Woman, which pairs gynecologic cancer patients with gynecologic cancer survivors and Survivors Teaching Students®: Saving Women’s Lives an educational program which connects ovarian cancer survivors with health professional students to present their unique stories along with facts about the disease engage the survivor community throughout the country.

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**Purchase price excludes Shipping, Handling and Tax. QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE has generated more than
$10.3 million since 2007.

May 12, 2016

Give $3 donation in stores or on macys.com during Got Your 6 Weekend and receive a 25 percent savings pass

Tune in to Macy’s Summer Vibes digital music festival on YouTube and the retailer will donate $1 for every view to Got Your 6, up to $100,000

Visit Macy's stores or macys.com during Got Your 6 Weekend (5/13-5/15) and give $3 to receive a 25 p ...

Macy’s and the national veterans campaign, Got Your 6, will again join forces for this year’s American Icons celebration. Since the partnership began in 2013, Macy’s employees and customers have raised $6.7 million to support Got Your 6 to help empower veterans to build stronger communities across America. The program will include a special savings pass on Got Your 6 Weekend and a charitable donation through Macy’s Summer Vibes digital music festival.

Visit Macy’s stores or macys.com during Got Your 6 Weekend (5/13-5/15) and give $3 to receive a 25 percent savings pass; One hundred percent of the $3 purchase price will be given to Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners (Photo: Business Wire)

From Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, customers can participate in Got Your 6 Weekend and give $3 at the register at any store or on macys.com to receive a special 25 percent savings pass to save all day on purchases. Best of all, 100 percent of the $3 will be donated to Got Your 6 and its coalition of veteran nonprofits. Exclusions and restrictions apply for the pass. Pre-sale of the passes began on May 8 in store.

“This special savings pass has been the cornerstone of our charity program with Got Your 6 and has helped raise significant funds for its incredible nonprofit partners,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president for cause marketing. “Donations from our American Icons campaign have made many veteran-related initiatives possible, including leadership and employment training, mentorship programs, beautification and urban greening projects, and much more. We couldn’t be happier to continue this partnership, and look forward to driving even more awareness and funding for this worthy cause.”

In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Got Your 6 believes veterans are leaders, team builders and problem solvers who have the potential to build and strengthen communities nationwide. A coalition that unites nonprofit, Hollywood and government partners, Got Your 6 empowers veterans to make America stronger.

“Veterans have incredible potential when they return from service,” said Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6. “We are so grateful for the continued support of Macy’s and its American Icons campaign as the company, its employees and customers stand with us to empower our returning veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation.”

Macy’s Summer Vibes

As part of American Icons, Macy’s is hosting its first-ever digital music festival on YouTube. Macy’s Summer Vibes will air on Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. EDT via Macy’s official YouTube channel (youtube.com/macys). The 60-minute concert series will feature headliner, Todrick Hall, as well as emerging artists including AJ Rafael, the Gardiner Sisters and Macy Kate. For every view of the festival through June 19, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Got Your 6. Visit macys.com/summervibes to learn more, starting May 10.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Got Your 6

Got Your 6 is a campaign that’s empowering veterans to build stronger communities across America. In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners are helping veterans find new opportunities to serve here at home. Since 2013, Got Your 6 has distributed grants totaling more than $6 million to its veteran-focused non-profit partners. For more information visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal sponsor of Got Your 6.

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May 9, 2016

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In addition to the donation to the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian members of Best Western Rewards® (BWR®), the company’s loyalty program, can also support the cause by donating their BWR points which Best Western will then convert to cash. Those funds will also be given to the Canadian Red Cross, providing even more resources to aid in the relief effort. To learn more, click here.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted by this devastating fire,” said President and CEO David Kong. “We are committed to supporting our Canadian hoteliers, employees, guests and their families as they recover from this tragic event.”

The Red Cross is often one of the first organizations to respond in a time of need and has established an emergency ‘Alberta Fires’ appeal. Individuals interested in donating can also text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation. For more information on the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts, please click here.

With more than 4,100 hotels in over 100 countries, Best Western takes care of countless guests every day. It’s that same spirit of caring that drives the brand to support numerous charitable efforts around the world. For more information on Best Western for a Better World, please click here.

About Best Western Hotels & Resorts: 
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,100* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers seven hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western℠, Vīb®, BW Premier Collection® and GLō℠. Now celebrating 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 26 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including Business Travel News naming Best Western as the best midscale hotel brand in 2014 and Best Western Plus as the best upper mid-price hotel brand in 2014 and 2015, four consecutive Compuware Best of the Web gold awards for best hotel website, and seven consecutive AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year awards. Nearly sixty percent of Best Western branded hotels earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in 2015.

*Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

May 6, 2016
The CI and TOMS’ partnership began in 2013 resulting in millions of pairs of shoes being given to kids in need.
Shoes help protect children’s feet from harmful debris and contaminated soil. ©2016 Children International

As the annual event One Day Without Shoes approaches, Children International is celebrating giving nearly 3 million pairs of shoes to kids in need and three years as a TOMS Giving Partner.

Children International (CI) is proud to partner with TOMS and its One for One® model to give new shoes to children in the impoverished areas CI serves. By the end of 2016, this partnership will have resulted in more than 3 million pairs of TOMS Shoes being distributed to children in need. These shoes do several things for CI’s kids and their families:

  1. The shoes protect children’s feet from harmful debris and contaminated soil.
  2. In many parts of the world, TOMS Shoes meet school requirements for thousands of kids. Where the shoes do not meet school requirements, they help kids by providing an extra pair for other extracurricular activities.
  3. Shoes help ease the financial burden on CI’s families who may not have the means to provide basic necessities like shoes for their kids.

The distribution of shoes is just one part of CI’s holistic child development program framework, which focuses on helping children and youth become healthy, educated, empowered and (ultimately) employed so that they can break the cycle of poverty.

One Day Without Shoes on May 10 is a day to raise awareness of children’s health and education issues and the important role that shoes play in helping kids. Going without shoes allows participants to experience the importance of proper footwear. It is also a conversation starter, allowing participants to bring awareness to issues surrounding children’s health and education. And, for this year’s day of awareness, TOMS will be giving away a pair of shoes for every unique photo of bare feet shared on Instagram using #withoutshoes, up to 10,000 shoes for 10 different countries.

Employees at CI’s headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, will go without shoes on May 10 and will participate in a variety of activities that help educate participants on the importance of adequate footwear. Additionally, CI employees are hosting a shoe drive to benefit two local nonprofits – Operation Breakthrough and Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.

Learn more about TOMS and Children International.

About Children International
Children International is a top-rated humanitarian organization focused on ending poverty by helping children and youth. Our local staff and volunteers deliver our holistic programs in health, education, empowerment and employment to over 300,000 kids through 70+ community centers in 10 countries.

For more information about Children International, visit children.org.

Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

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April 29, 2016

Red Nose Day’s official retail partner makes more Red Noses available and expands Red Nose Day merchandise to help raise funds to fight kids’ poverty

Championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens proudly returns as the exclusive retail partner of the second annual Red Nose Day, helping raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses – which people wear in support of the official Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26 – returned to store shelves at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide this morning, officially kick starting the nine-week charitable campaign.

Following the sell-out success of last year’s inaugural Red Nose Day, Walgreens is going beyond the nose in 2016 and raising funds through the sale of new Red Flair merchandise, also available nationwide starting today. From red hats and springy novelty headbands to oversized sequin bowties and Red Noses for cars (to name a few), Walgreens is making it even easier for Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause.

“Helping people live happy and healthy lives is our passion at Walgreens, and participating in Red Nose Day lets us do just that for those who need it most: kids living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “Topping last year’s success is a challenge we’re ready for. We have more Red Noses, new Red Flair and several other fun ways for everyone in the Walgreens family – from our valued customers and vendor partners to our passionate team members – to get involved in this powerful campaign.”

The Return of the Red Noses        
Between now and the official Red Nose Day in May, Walgreens hopes to sell significantly more Red Noses than the 5 million it sold last year. To help meet its goal, Red Noses and Red Flair hit Walgreens shelves two weeks earlier this year, giving Americans even more time to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause. Starting today and continuing through June 4, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide will sell Red Noses for $1 each and Red Flair items for between $1-$5.99. Proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund* which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

Beyond purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair for themselves, Americans can further support the cause by purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair products for their schools or workplaces, or organize fundraisers in their community. Cash donations can also be made at any Walgreens location.

Walgreens commemorated the return of the laughs and Red Nose Day fun with the help of actor and comedian Ravi Patel (Grandfathered, Masters of None), who helped deliver the first batch of Red Noses and Red Flair to Walgreens shelves in Chicago, the retailer’s hometown. Accompanied by Walgreens team members, Patel arrived at Walgreens flagship store in a Red Nose Day-adorned armored truck. With security in place, a briefcase full of Red Noses and Red Flair handcuffed to his arm and a store full of unsuspecting shoppers, Patel successfully delivered the Red Nose Day fun to Walgreens. The event was captured on film and is posted on the Walgreens YouTube channel.

#RedNose Road Trip & Challenges
Together with Walgreens, Patel will continue the fun online by inviting Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” on social media with weekly #RedNose challenges. Starting today and continuing every Monday leading up to Red Nose Day, Patel will accept the weekly #RedNose challenge from Walgreens with a silly video and task Americans to join in. The challenges include “Share your four-legged friend’s #RedNose look,” “Share your #RedNose Mom & Me Flair selfie,” and “Share your #RedNose landmark photo,” among others. People can share their silliest pictures and videos answering the challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RedNose.

Weekly #RedNose challenge videos will be featured as part of a new Walgreens “50 States, 50 Stories” video series to live on Walgreens.com/RedNoseDay. In the series, Walgreens takes Red Nose Day on the road in search of powerful stories showing people both supporting and benefitting from Red Nose Day. The uplifting, fun-filled stories will showcase real people’s charitable Red Nose Day efforts in action across the country.

Walgreens “nose” consumers aren’t the only ones who know how to have fun for a great cause. Later this week, Walgreens executives will issue a Corporate Challenge to colleagues at other companies encouraging them to share funny videos and show America their silly sides. In the coming weeks Walgreens Facebook page will show just how silly corporate America can get to help fight kids’ poverty around the world.

Beyond the Nose
In the UK, Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion since it launched over 25 years ago and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives. The inaugural Red Nose Day event in the U.S. took place last May and raised more than $23 million to help kids in need in America and abroad.

This year, Red Nose Day’s nine-week campaign will culminate in a live, two-hour broadcast on NBC airing on May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). The Red Nose Day Special will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars in an engaging mix of comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause.

For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit walgreens.com/RedNoseDay and Walgreens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country..

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc, a
registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes money to organizations whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. Funds raised benefited children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs addressing literacy, education, healthcare, and nutrition. The second annual Red Nose Day will be held on Thursday May 26, 2016.  The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Comic Relief Inc. and Comic Relief UK are independent organizations related through their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty; and with the same mission to effect positive change through the power of entertainment. In the UK, Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe.

* Until June 4, 2016, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50; and for each Red Nose Flair item purchased (Beads, Bow Ties, Headbands, Sunglasses, Pens, Mugs, Cups and Hats) Walgreens will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and overseas. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit rednoseday.org. No portion of purchase is tax deductible.