MEMPHIS, Tenn. One of the nation's largest retailers was recognized for its corporate partnership with a well-known research hospital.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital named Kmart its corporate partner of the year during the hospital's ALSAC/St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Awards on June 25.
Kmart has raised nearly $17 million for St. Jude through the annual Thanks and Giving fundraising campaign since 2006. In 2009, Kmart associates collected $6.9 million during the campaign -- more than any other partner in a single year.
"Charitable giving is a huge part of our culture and something we strive to incorporate into everything we do in our stores and within our company," said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer at Kmart. "Partnering with important organizations like St. Jude is a privilege and a relationship that we cherish. We wouldn't be able to give as much as we do without the help of our devoted employees and customers."