GIRLS INC., GEORGINA CHAPMAN AND JCPENNEY TEAM UP TO SUPPORT GIRLS' COLLEGE DREAMS
Cheryl M. Blowers, Girls Inc.
(212) 509-2000 ext. 237
Kate Coultas, jcpenney
New York, NY (April 1, 2013) – Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold, is teaming up with jcpenney as part of the retailer's charitable giving program, jcp cares. Girls Inc. provides girls from challenging socio-economic backgrounds the confidence to achieve through life-changing programs and experiences, including exposure to mentors and diverse career opportunities. Throughout the month of April, jcpenney customers can round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to support Girls Inc., which will be using a portion of the funds to establish The Pearl Fund, a scholarship fund for Girls Inc. created by designer Georgina Chapman.
"This month, customers' spare change can add up to make a huge difference in helping girls' college dreams come true," said Miki Woodard, jcp cares president and jcpenney vice president of philanthropy. "Thanks to our customers' donations, Girls Inc. will be able to continue to provide life-changing scholarship opportunities."
The Pearl Fund will provide scholarships over the next three years to current high school students who are Girls Inc. participants. Funds will also be used to establish a scholarship program for Girls Inc. alumnae.
"I'm honored jcp invited me to be a part of their jcp cares initiative to support Girls Inc. The Pearl Fund provides a wonderful opportunity to give back and help a new generation of girls achieve their dreams and educational goals," said Georgina Chapman.
Chapman's support of jcpenney's April jcp cares partner builds on her existing partnership with the retailer. Her new collection, Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, launched exclusively at jcpenney this spring.
"Girls Inc. is committed to bringing out the potential of every girl we serve and inspiring her to see new possibilities for her life," said Judy Vredenburgh, president and chief executive officer of Girls Inc. "Thanks to The Pearl Fund, jcpenney and its generous customers, more girls will be able to set college goals and make them a reality, benefiting not only themselves, but also their families and communities."
jcpenney customers can round up their purchases both in-store and online at jcp.com. Customers can also make a donation at jcp.com/jcpcares and support Girls Inc. through the Facebook social game, WeTopia.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.org.
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About Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa
Georgina Chapman brings her fashion magic to jcp with Pearl, a new collection which captures the designer's glamorous and elegant styles. Created for holiday parties, black tie events, summer soirees, and the prom, as well as more casual occasions, Pearl offers beautiful designs at affordable prices. The collection is intended for anyone who loves dressing up, passionately follows fashion and the style of her favorite celebrities, and who dresses with confidence.
About Georgina Chapman
Fashion designer Georgina Chapman, who grew up in West London, moved to New York in 2004 to launch Marchesa with co-founder Keren Craig, which quickly became a highly coveted red carpet fashion label. The chic and glamorous Georgina Chapman is consistently featured on best-dressed lists and magazine covers worldwide and currently serves as a permanent judge of Project Runway All Stars. Georgina lives in New York with her husband, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, and their daughter India Pearl whom the line is named after.