Retailer kicks off new year with major philanthropic growth plans.
Press Release – (AUSTIN) — One resolution Kendra Scott won’t break? Their dedication to philanthropy and giving back to the local community. The accessories brand is ringing in 2018 with plans to further expand its Kendra Cares Program, which brings the company’s customizable Color Bar™ jewelry experience to pediatric hospitals across the country. The program offers patients and their family members an opportunity to make a customized jewelry piece at no cost. To date, the Kendra Cares Program has donated over 6,500 pieces of jewelry and partnered with more than 10 pediatric hospitals in 2017 alone.
“With the Kendra Cares Program, we are able to bring a smile to the faces of these children and their caregivers, and offer a brief distraction from the struggles they face every day,” said Kendra Scott, the brand’s designer, CEO and founder. “I hope that one day we are able to bring this program to every hospital in the nation.”
The Kendra Cares Program began with a single children’s hospital in 2015 – the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston. It was there, during a tour of the pediatric floor, that Kendra was first inspired to bring her Color Bar™ experience to life in the hospital. Today, the program has grown into an international giveback program that has touched the lives of thousands of pediatric patients and their families.
The program has become such a well-loved success that the brand is looking to expand into a total of 30 hospitals in 2018. Already on the list of partners are the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Through the Kendra Cares Program, Kendra Scott has the opportunity to work with numerous world-renowned hospitals who are leading the advancements on pediatric cancer treatment and research. This January, Kendra Scott has chosen to donate a total of $150,000 to three of its Kendra Cares hospital partners: MD Anderson, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. These funds will go to support child life programs and research at each hospital.
“As a mother to three boys of my own, it means the world to me to see the powerful impact these hospitals are making in child cancer research,” said Scott. “I am honored to further our relationship with these three incredible partners, and work together to create a healthy, cancer-free future for these children.”
“MD Anderson is proud to partner with Kendra Scott, and we’re grateful for its support of our patients over the past several years,” says Kevin Long, director, Pediatric Operations, The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. “Kendra Scott’s commitment to young cancer patients is clear. At MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, we’ve seen patients and their loved ones beam with happiness while making their very own Kendra Scott creation. It’s a special program.”
About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott. Sold at premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and over 600 specialty boutiques worldwide, the brand boasts a thriving web business and numerous namesake stores across the country. Kendra Scott is known for its kaleidoscope of beautiful accessories as well as the innovative and customizable Color Bar™ experience. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of “Family, Fashion, Philanthropy.”
About Memorial Sloan Kettering
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is the world’s oldest and largest hospital dedicated to cancer research and care. MSK’s Department of Pediatrics is committed to curing children with cancer so they can return healthfully to their homes, schools, and dreams of college, careers, and families of their own. MSK’s internationally recognized team of experts—who care for more pediatric cancer patients than any other institution in the world—has played an instrumental role in developing treatments that are not only safer and more effective, but that also improve the quality of life of these boys and girls.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit pediatric academic medical center that has been ranked as the best children’s hospital in California by U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.
About MD Anderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world’s most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No.1 for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. It has ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer care since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first 13 times in the last 16 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).
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