Best Buy Finishes as Top Fundraising Partner for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Best Buy customers and employees helped raise more than $18.2 million
during the holiday season for the research and treatment of childhood
cancer

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thanks to its generous customers and supportive employees, Best Buy is
proud to have presented more than $18.2 million to St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital
® and to have
finished as the largest St. Jude Thanks and Giving®
campaign donor this holiday season.


“We are deeply grateful to Best Buy, its dedicated employees and the
customers who demonstrated a tremendous commitment to our lifesaving
mission by raising an astounding $18.2 million during the St. Jude Thanks
and Giving
campaign,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of
ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital. “Thanks to this support, St. Jude will
continue to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats
childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

Best Buy’s contribution increased by nearly 80 percent over a year ago.
Since welcoming the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign into our
stores and online four years ago, Best Buy has helped raise nearly $40
million.

“Our customers and employees care deeply about supporting research and
treatment for childhood cancer and other life-threatening
diseases. Thanks to them, we are humbled to be able to present more than
$18.2 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Paula
Baker, Best Buy’s chief human resources officer. “We’re grateful for the
generosity and passion of our customers and employees during the holiday
season.”

This year’s Best Buy contribution makes a difference. The $18.2 million
can run the hospital for more than a week. It can also be used for
12,000 days of chemotherapy, or 3,600 days of intensive care costs.
Every dollar donated by customers and employees helps St. Jude remain a
leader in the global effort to research, treat and defeat childhood
cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

“Best Buy’s support is nothing short of extraordinary and allows our
doctors and scientists to continue our lifesaving work,” said Marlo
Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital. “Funds raised as a result of Best Buy’s commitment and
participation in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign help
ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for anything – not
for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should
worry about is helping their child live.”

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world
understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other
life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer
Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to
children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall
childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the
hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the
overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t
stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the
discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors
and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more
children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment,
travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is
helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or
following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

About Best Buy:
Best Buy is a
leading provider of technology products, services and solutions. The
company offers expert service at an unbeatable price more than 1.5
billion times a year to the consumers, small business owners and
educators who visit our stores, engage with Geek Squad Agents or use BestBuy.com
or the Best Buy app. The company has operations in the U.S. where more
than 70 percent of the population lives within 15 minutes of a Best Buy
store, as well as in Canada and Mexico, where Best Buy has a physical
and online presence.

Contacts

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Holly Cooper,
901-573 0309
holly.cooper@stjude.org
or
Best
Buy

Danielle Schumann, 612-231-5146
press@bestbuy.com