BOLINGBROOK, Ill., Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ulta Beauty today announced it raised $5.5 million in 2018 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) – the largest sum ever raised by the company along with associates, guests and business partners. With its record-breaking donation, Ulta Beauty continues to be among BCRF's largest corporate donors in 2018.
Ulta Beauty's associates, guests and business partners raised the funds during the company's successful Gorgeous Way to Give program. The campaign included numerous fundraising efforts including the sales of Ulta Beauty's BCRF collection, the annual Cut for a Cause™ in-store national fundraising event locations, the company's annual charity Golf Outing and Day of Beauty, personal donations and more.
"We believe beauty is at its best when it is giving back. That's why Ulta Beauty is grateful to our guests, associates and business partners for sharing in our passion for achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer," said Mary Dillon, chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty. "One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. As a company with 40,000 associates – 92 percent of whom are women – we care deeply about this issue and are committed to continuing our role in the fight against breast cancer."
Ulta Beauty has served as one of BCRF's top three corporate partners and currently funds 19 breast cancer researchers aimed at eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime. BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide, fueling the work of more than 300 investigators across 14 countries.
"Ulta Beauty continues to advance transformative science in women's health by supporting the world's largest private funder of breast cancer research," said Myra Biblowit, president and CEO of BCRF. "The entire Ulta Beauty family understands that the line between beauty and health is a straight line, and they have rallied around this cause magnificently."
Since 2009, Ulta Beauty has raised more than $27.5 million for BCRF and funded more than 550,000 hours of lifesaving research. BCRF-funded researchers have been behind every breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship for the last two decades.
Ulta Beauty's support of BCRF is part of the company's commitment to investing in organizations that empower women and their families to achieve their full potential. In 2016, the company created the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation (UBCF) to further its commitment. While BCRF remains Ulta Beauty's signature partner, the company also supports Dress for Success® and runs an Associate Relief Program to help associates facing hardship.
"Our work with BCRF and UBCF nurtures a greater sense of community and purpose," said Dillon. "It's extremely meaningful to our associates and helps us create an even stronger culture, which has been a key driver of our growth and performance."
About Ulta Beauty At Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA), the possibilities are beautiful. Ulta Beauty is the largest U.S. beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. In 1990, the Company reinvented the beauty retail experience by offering a new way to shop for beauty – bringing together all things beauty, all in one place. Today, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer offering the complete beauty experience.
Ulta Beauty brings possibilities to life through the power of beauty each and every day in our stores and online with more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty's own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin, brow, and make-up services.
Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and our industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of November 3, 2018, Ulta Beauty operates 1,163 retail stores across 50 states and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials, and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.
About Breast Cancer Research Foundation The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $63 million in grants to support the work of nearly 300 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is also the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. Visit www.bcrf.org to learn more.