As a national women’s retailer, ANN INC. is dedicated to women and the causes that matter most to them.

We are active in the fight against breast cancer through our support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. We also demonstrate our commitment to women and girls through various women’s health and empowerment programs, including the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative.

We are committed partners with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and dedicated to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. During Breast Cancer Awareness season, we offer the Ann Taylor Cares and LOFT Cares Cards in all of our stores, enabling clients to join the fight with us. Ninety percent of the purchase price of every card sold is donated directly to BCRF to fund research. Ten percent of every card sold goes towards raising awareness about breast cancer, the Ann Taylor and LOFT Cares Card program, and the 17 research grants the program supports through BCRF. In addition, every year the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands offer unique products and opportunities to engage associates and enable clients to support the cause.

Through the 2013 October Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, ANN INC. donated more than $4.25 million to BCRF. Additionally, the 2014 Mother’s Day Ann Taylor Cares Card promotion contributed another $640,000, bringing our total corporate donation since 2005 to more than $18.5 million. The Company’s annual contribution currently fully funds 17 BCRF research grants that support groundbreaking studies across the U.S. and in Canada. Our 2014–2015 BCRF grant recipients include:

  Monica Bertagnolli, MD – Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA and Cynthia Ma, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  Graham A. Colditz, MD, Dr.PH – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  Nancy E. Davidson, MD, FACP – University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA – University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Carol J. Fabian, MD – University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  Dawn Hershman, MD, MS – Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
  Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH – University of Texas, Austin, TX
  Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH – Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT
  Johanna A. Joyce, PhD – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  Seema Khan, MD – Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  Nancy U. Lin, MD and Eric Winer, MD – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  Erin Macrae, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  Kathy D. Miller, MD – Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  Lois Shepherd, MDCM, FRCPC – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  Annette L. Stanton, PhD – Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  Sandra Swain, MD, FACP – MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  Kala Visvanathan, MD, MHS – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Supporting Women and the Fight against Breast Cancer
  At ANN INC. we are dedicated to women and the causes that matter to them most. We are active in the fight against breast cancer through our support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Hear from Kay and our ANN INC. associates about their commitment to making a difference in the fight against Breast Cancer.

For more than 16 years, our associates have volunteered to participate locally at a grassroots level in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Our field associates sign up to walk in more than 40 cities throughout the U.S. every year.

On September 29, 2004 my life changed forever when I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. I was 29 years old with an 18 month old son and afraid that I would never see him grow up. With no history of breast cancer in my family I was shocked and scared. Why was this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? How am I going to survive? These were all questions I asked day in and day out. I immediately had surgery and six months of chemotherapy followed by more surgery and six weeks of radiation. Throughout it all, I trusted in my doctors and the research that has been done to bring me to survivor status. I am happy to say that seven years later I am still cancer free and enjoying life with my husband and eight year old son. I am getting to see him grow up and so blessed to be healthy and a SURVIVOR.

When I was sick, I continued to work full time here at Ann Taylor and was so thankful to work for a company dedicated to their employees and the fight against breast cancer. I walk for all those that may have to go through this in their lives so we can continue to research and help find a cure for this awful disease.

– Lisa Arnett, Manager, Multi-Channel Client Contact Center