Ulta Beauty raises $5M for breast cancer research

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Ulta Beauty raises $5M for breast cancer research

Ulta Beauty is doing its part to raise money for breast cancer research.

The Bolingbrook, Ill.-based beauty retailer announced that it raised $5.5 million in 2018 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or BCRF.

Ulta Beauty’s associates, guests and business partners played a role in the donation amount through its Gorgeous Way to Give program, which included such fundraising efforts as the Ulta Beauty BCRF collection, the annual Cut for a Cause in-store event. Golf Outing and Day of Beauty, as well as personal donations, the company said.

"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," Mary Dillon, the chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty, said. "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."

Since 2009, the beauty retailer has raised more than $27.5 million for the BCRF and funded more than 550,000 hours of research, the company said.

"Ulta Beauty continues to advance transformative science in women's health by supporting the world's largest private funder of breast cancer research," Myra Biblowit, the president and CEO of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation said. "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."

Ulta Beauty’s BCRF support is part of the company’s commitment to investing in organizations that empower women and their families to achieve their full potential. The retailer also supports Dress for Success, runs an Associate Relief Program to help associates facing hardships and created the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation, or UBCF, the company added.

"Our work with BCRF and UBCF nurtures a greater sense of community and purpose," Dillon said. "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."