The spirit of giving was showcased in a grand manner Wednesday night when Brooks Brothers revealed it has committed to donating $20 million for the addition of the Brooks Brothers Computational Biology Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The facility, which is housed in the Kay Research and Care Center on the St. Jude campus in Memphis, Tenn., features 28,700 square feet of offices and laboratories and is dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.
“We are proud of our long-standing commitment to St. Jude,” said Claudio Del Vecchio, chief executive officer of Brooks Bros. “It is thanks to the generosity of our customers and the passion of our associates that we are able to make this commitment.
“It is our hope that one day, through our combined efforts, we will see an end to pediatric cancer,” he added.
Rick Shadyac Jr., ceo of ALSAC, the fund-raising and awareness organization for St. Jude, said: “The leadership, staff and customers of Brooks Brothers continue to show their generous and heartfelt commitment to St. Jude, and we are grateful for their decadelong partnership. The revolutionary scientific research conducted every day at the Brooks Brothers Computational Biology Center will help us reach a day when no child dies from cancer.”
Brooks made the announcement at its 11th annual holiday party benefiting St. Jude at its Madison Avenue flagship. The event, which drew 900 people, featured performances by Wynton Marsalis, the casts of the Broadway musicals “Something Rotten” and “Chicago” as well as The Harlem Alumni Choir.
Since 2005, Brooks Bros. has raised more than $12.3 million for St. Jude during its holiday Thanks and Giving campaign.
The Brooks Brothers Computational Biology Center will study genomics, or patients’ genetic codes.