MEMPHIS, TN — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® marked its 50th anniversary last week with a multi-day celebration commemorating half a century of life-changing research and work. Window World, Inc.®, America’s largest replacement window and home remodeling company, was proud to contribute to the festivities through two different events: the signing of Window World’s ‘The Stinger’ by two-time Indianapolis 500 starter Robby Unser and the sponsorship of the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends concert. Both events took place on Tuesday, June 5 in Memphis, Tenn.
The Stinger is a 2011 concept Indy show car and tribute to the first winning Indy 500 car, the 1911 Marmon Wasp. It was developed by John Andretti, Andretti Autosport and Window World and was unveiled at the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2011. The vehicle currently showcases the signatures of 210 former Indy 500 starters. For each signature received, Window World makes a donation to Window World Cares™, the charitable foundation for Window World, to help support causes such as St. Jude and the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC).
Unser signed The Stinger while it was on display at the St. Jude campus. He is the last of the Unser family drivers to sign the vehicle; Al, Al Jr., Bobby and Johnny Unser’s names are already among the signatures present on The Stinger.
“Window World has picked a beautiful cause to support,” Unser said. “The work St. Jude does for kids all over the country is just amazing. They are blessed to have Window World so committed to the hospital and I’m honored I could be a part of something as amazing as The Stinger.”
Window World was also the national presenting sponsor of the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends concert that took place at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tenn. on June 5. The concert featured a number of well-known performers, including country music stars Big and Rich, Darius Rucker and Kellie Pickler. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy also appeared.
Window World’s participation with these events is a part of its ‘One More Day’ initiative, the goal of which is to raise a full day of operating expenses for St. Jude. The campaign is headed by Window World Cares.
Since its inception in 2008, Window World Cares has donated more than $2.5 million to the hospital, already donating one full day of operating costs, equivalent to $1.7 million, to St. Jude and continues to raise funds to be put toward a second day. The ‘One More Day’ project aims to complete the second day of funding. It is being executed on a national level and includes all 200+ stores that make up the Window World family. The initiative was developed by Tammy Whitworth, chairman and CEO of Window World and co-founder of Window World Cares.
“This week has been such a great one for both St. Jude and Window World,” Whitworth said. “St. Jude has built such a legacy of helping children, all while ensuring families never receive a bill from the hospital. The entire Window World family is privileged to help continue to make this possible.”
Window World Cares’ relationship with St. Jude began in 2008. Since then, their partnership has continued to grow and in 2010, Window World Cares was named New Corporate Partner of the Year because of its ongoing involvement with St. Jude.
To learn more about Window World Cares and its relationship with St. Jude or to make a donation, please visit www.WindowWorldCares.com.