GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
GameStop (GME), the world’s largest multichannel retailer of video games, announced today a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. As a part of the partnership, GameStop has set a goal to raise at least $500,000 in charitable donations for the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, which involves an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail and corporate brands, that come together to ask consumers to donate while they shop during the holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures and saving children.
Joining in the fight against deadly childhood illnesses, GameStop is excited to participate in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign for the first time this year. “At GameStop, we are passionate about giving back in our communities, and this is an excellent way for us to provide children with a better quality of life,” said Tony Bartel, president of GameStop. “Being a father of six children, I can honestly say that the work St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is doing is nothing short of miraculous. I have no doubt that we will exceed our goal this year and I’m looking forward to a long and successful partnership with St. Jude."
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Created by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $387 million for research and treatment in the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer.
“We are so thrilled to welcome GameStop into our St. Jude Thanks and Giving family,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Thanks to the generous support of partners like GameStop and its patrons, we can continue my father Danny Thomas’ promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.”
Customers who shop at GameStop beginning November 6, 2013, until December 24, 2013, will have the opportunity to donate $1 to the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. GameStop and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are asking the public to, "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”
About St. Jude:
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world's largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop's global retail network and family of brands include 6,505 company-operated stores in 15 countries and online at www.GameStop.com. The network also includes: www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication; Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company; a digital PC game distribution platform available at www.GameStop.com/PC; and an online consumer electronics trade-in platform available at www.BuyMyTronics.com.
General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/GameStop.
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