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Seaweed Bath Co. Announces Acquisition of Andalou Naturals and Mineral Fusion

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Seaweed Bath Co., the original ocean-inspired natural beauty brand, today announced its acquisition of Andalou Naturals and Mineral Fusion, two leading brands in the natural beauty space. All three brands are available nationwide at retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Amazon, Sprouts Farmers Market and Natural Grocers, among others. “We have admired Andalou Naturals and Mineral Fusion for a long time, and we are thrilled to bring together the resources, knowledge and extensive experience of the teams,” says Allison Grossman, Co-Founder of Seaweed Bath Co. The acquisition of Mineral Fusion, a top-selling natural cosmetic brand, and Andalou Naturals, a brand known for its innovative natural skincare products, combined with Seaweed Bath Co.’s range of body, hair and sun care products, creates a unique opportunity to streamline product development and increase operational efficiencies. “Our team is very excited to welcome Andalou Naturals and Mineral Fusion to the Seaweed Bath Co. family,” says Tim Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer, Seaweed Bath Co. “These acquisitions are our first step in creating a best-in-class natural beauty platform that leverages scale to drive product and sustainability innovation as well as serve the evolving needs of both retail partners and consumers.” Natureza Growth Partners, a leading consumer growth equity firm, led Seaweed Bath Co.’s financing for the acquisition. In connection with the transaction, Natureza's Managing Partner Collin Eckles will be joining the Seaweed Bath Co. Board of Directors, and Managing Partner Fernando Gentil Jr. will serve as Chairman of the Board. Advisors KPMG Corporate Finance LLC, a leading global investment banking firm, served as a financial advisor on the sale. Legal support for the transaction was provided by Polsinelli. About Seaweed Bath Co. Founded in 2010, Seaweed Bath Co was inspired by its founders’ discovery of the amazing benefits of seaweed while on a personal journey to find a better solution for their family’s troubled skin. Since then, Seaweed Bath Co. has continued to harness the endless gifts of the ocean in inspiring, nourishing and restoring formulas for all skin and hair types. Seaweed Bath Co.’s product range includes body care, hair care, sun care and facial care. The brand proudly supports ocean conservation through partnerships with marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation organizations. Seaweed Bath Co. is available nationwide at Whole Foods and Amazon. Unlock the magic of the sea at seaweedbathco.com. About Andalou Naturals As pioneers in the natural beauty industry, Andalou Naturals leverages the power of Nature’s Intelligence®, through revolutionary Fruit Stem Cell Science®. It enhances the skin’s natural radiance, harnessing the power of plants to fortify and nourish the body’s essential building blocks while supercharging natural defense systems to create a luminous, energized appearance from head to toe. Andalou Naturals’ commitment to beauty through pure ingredients, innovative formulas, eco- friendly practices, and cruelty-free standards guides the brand’s formulation while its dedication to the empowerment of women lays a beautiful foundation for generations to come. https://andalou.com/ About Mineral Fusion Mineral Fusion began as a mineral brand in 2007 focused on developing products that are a fusion of beauty and skin care that focus on correcting flaws, not just covering them up. Since its launch, Mineral Fusion has grown to become the #1 cosmetic brand at natural retailers. The brand is centered around providing clean cosmetics products that don’t compromise on the quality, reliability, exceptional wear, and confidence-boosting performance that consumers know and love. The Mineral Fusion portfolio of products is safe and gentle for all skin types, hypoallergenic and free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, talc and are primarily vegan. In addition to having the most EWG VERIFIED™ products of any beauty brand, Mineral Fusion is also Leaping Bunny Certified cruelty free. Mineral Fusion is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, select Target stores and Target.com and fine natural health and beauty stores. https://www.mineralfusion.com/ FOR SEAWEED BATH CO. PRESS INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT KIM FARRINGTON AT KIM@FARRINGTONPR.COM. FOR ANDALOU NATURALS AND MINERAL FUSION PRESS INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT DANA TUCHMAN – KAYNES AT DTUCHMAN@TRACTENBERG.COM. Contact Details Seaweed Bath Co. Kim Farrington KIM@FARRINGTONPR.COM Andalou Naturals and Mineral Fusion Dana Tuchman - Kaynes DTUCHMAN@TRACTENBERG.COM Company Website https://seaweedbathco.com/

July 02, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Hot Tech for a Hot Summer of Fun:

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Summer is here and many are looking for innovative ways to enhance their lifestyles, whether it’s optimizing finances, mastering the art of grilling, or upgrading their homes with the latest technology. Tech and lifestyle expert, Stephanie Humphrey, did a satellite media tour to share some hot tech ideas for a hot summer of fun. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/TAPtzm_lIcQ Smart Financial Tools for Kids Starting Summer Jobs Many kids are starting summer jobs and it’s important to provide them with age-appropriate financial tools to help them learn how to responsibly manage their money. Chase's High School and College Checking accounts are great for this–these accounts provide helpful tools to manage their finances more independently, and all through the Chase Mobile® app. With features like Zelle® for sending money, tracking what they’ve spent, and help with budgeting, kids won’t need to download multiple apps, making it easier for both them and their parents. It's all about empowering them to gain financial independence in a digital-first world. For more information, visit chase.com/studentbanking Smart Home Cleaning with Roborock Qrevo Pro One of the must-have gadgets for your smart home this summer is the Roborock Robot Cleaning Vacuum Qrevo Pro. With its FlexiArm Design Edge Mopping System it ensures thorough cleaning even in hard-to-reach areas and along edges. The Qrevo Pro offers an effective full-suite self-maintenance with hot water mop washing and intelligent dirt detection for automatic re-wash and re-mop. The Qrevo Pro carries advanced robotic cleaning technology, making it more accessible to customers. It’s available at Target, Amazon & Roborock's official website. Revolutionizing Summer Grilling with Weber’s Searwood Pellet Grill Summer and grilling go hand in hand, and the latest from Weber is truly exciting. This is the Searwood, Weber’s next-generation pellet grill. It's designed to give people more confidence and control when they grill, so you can make delicious meals any time of day. Whether you enjoy the authentic smoky flavor of low and slow BBQ or the searing heat for a perfect steak, this grill can do it all and be ready to cook in less than 15 minutes. The brain of the grill - the Rapid React PID works so that the grill self-adjusts as you cook. Plus, with the Weber Connect app, you can monitor and control the grill remotely, making it perfect for gatherings where you want to spend time with your guests and not be tied to the grill. ecoATM: Recycle and Earn Cash Your Pre-owned Smartphones Did you know there is $43 billion worth of unused tech sitting in our homes across the US? That is where ecoATM comes in. ecoATM helps people properly recycle their unused smartphones for cash on the spot—you can get up to $270 for an iPhone 13 Pro and great trade-in deals for other devices from Samsung, Google and more. Since 2009, ecoATM has collected over 45 million devices – giving a second life to more than 20 million pounds of e-waste, preventing it from ending up in landfills. They have over 6,000 kiosks in national retailers such as Walmart and Kroger. In less than 10 minutes, you can recycle and earn cash on your used device. Go to ecoATM.com to find a kiosk near you and get an estimate for your device. For more tech tips, you can follow Stephanie on social media at @TechLifeSteph. About Stephanie Humphrey Technology and Lifestyle Expert Stephanie Humphrey is a former engineer who merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how empowering, enriching and fun technology can be. Stephanie is currently a technology contributor for ABC News where she works as part of the nationally-syndicated Strahan Sara & Keke team. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 01, 2024 01:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Snapchat Releases New Teen Safety Measures

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/7Hv0EHNRJ_g The digital world can be a challenge to navigate, and helping keep teens safe online is not just a priority—it’s a necessity. Snapchat is working to make its app even safer—now expanding a range of features to help keep Snapchat a place where people can be comfortable expressing themselves with the friends they know in real life. These extra protections for young people are more than a tech upgrade—they’re part of Snapchat’s ongoing commitment to building tools to help users connect with friends in a safe, secure way. Rachel Hochhauser, Snap’s Head of Safety Operations Outreach, conducted a nationwide media tour on June 25th to discuss these new features. Topics and features she discussed included: · Expanded In-app Warnings Teens will now see a warning message if they receive a chat from someone who’s been blocked or reported by others or is from a region where the teen’s network isn't typically located – signs that the person may be a stranger. · Simplified Location-Sharing Expansion of reminders to make sure Snapchatters are always up to date on which friends they’re sharing their location with on the Snap Map. · Enhanced Friending Protections These protections prevent certain suspicious friend requests from getting to teens in the first place, further reducing teens’ ability to connect with people they may not know in real life. · Blocking Improvements Improvements aim to prevent bullying and repeated harassment by limiting outreach from any new accounts created by someone who’s been blocked. For more information, visit https://parents.snapchat.com/ Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 01, 2024 01:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Shedding Light on Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare, progressive, and genetic disease that currently affects about 40,000 people in the United States. CF is the result of a defective gene, inherited from each parent, and the disease can impact people of all races and ethnicities. Recently, KC White, Board Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the disease, her personal journey, and how the Foundation is helping progress care and treatment options. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/8wj8u0JEqLU CF is a life-shortening disease that prevents our bodies from clearing mucus. This can lead to lung infections, poor nutrition, lung disease, and a host of unique challenges that can impact every aspect of a person’s life. When it was first discovered, it was considered a fatal pediatric disease. But due to transformative advancements in treatments and high-quality care, the life-expectancy for someone born with CF today is 56. While that number is climbing there is still a long way to go and unfortunately, not all people with CF equally benefit from this progress. KC White was elected chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2022 after serving on the Board since 2005. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 3, White has been a committed volunteer and inspiring advocate for the Foundation since childhood and is the first person with CF to serve as board chair. When she was diagnosed, she wasn’t expected to live past high school age, but her family refused to accept that fate, which prompted their dedication to the Foundation’s work. Because of recent treatments known as modulators, about 90% of the CF population (including KC) experienced an incredible transformation in their health. With this though, comes navigating unplanned challenges including careers, finances, family, and more. In addition to fueling the research, particularly in genetic therapies, that will lead to transformative treatments for the entire CF population, the CF Foundation works to support the CF community in all aspects of their lives through support programs and fostering connection opportunities. The CF Foundation is committed to finding a cure and providing all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives. The Foundation is aggressively funding research and drug development, advancing high-quality, specialized care, and partnering with and advocating for the CF community. For more information, visit CFF.ORG About KC White KC White was elected chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2022 after serving on the Board since 2005. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 3, White has been a committed volunteer and inspiring advocate for the Foundation since childhood, speaking at her first Foundation event when she was only 9 years old. She is the first person with CF to serve as board chair. White received her Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2022 and currently serves as an assistant instructor in the program. She is also the Head Varsity Women’s Lacrosse coach for the Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tigers. She and her husband, Justin, have one son, Mac. About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization leading the relentless pursuit of a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation is committed to providing all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives by funding research and drug development, advancing high-quality, specialized care, and partnering with and advocating for the CF community. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. The organization supports and accredits a national network of over 130 CF care centers recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. Also, the Foundation manages support programs and fosters connection opportunities for the CF community. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation’s impact is made possible by the work of nearly 70 local chapters across the country. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 28, 2024 12:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Kampgrounds of America’s Summer Camping Guide and Trends

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/gNNon_3zhbI According to Kampgrounds of America’s 10th annual Camping and Outdoor Hospitality Report, travelers are looking for ways to slow down, recharge, and reconnect. There is no better way to do this than to make lifelong memories spending time outdoors with loved ones, roasting marshmallows over a fire, and exploring beautiful landscapes in iconic destinations at a KOA campground. Here are some interesting findings: Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4.4 million new campers have embraced the camping lifestyle each year. Among the 51% of campers who have taken a road trip in the past year, most (76%) include camping during their trips. Campers are prioritizing wellness and embracing a slower pace of life with 79% of travelers planning to use forest immersion, meditation, yoga and/or mindful strolls during their trips. In the past year alone, 58% of campers have tried glamping, with 36% of guests planning to try glamping for the first time this year. “Over the last decade, we’ve observed a significant increase in active camping households,” said Diane Eichler, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Kampgrounds of America, Inc. “Our research shows that in the past ten years, over 40 million North Americans tried camping for the first time. Camping has evolved from a cherished outdoor pastime to an established leisure travel segment, reflecting a growing desire among travelers to connect with nature and loved ones.” With more than 500 locations in iconic destinations throughout North America, KOA provides unparalleled access to nature's beauty and outdoor adventures for campers of all ages. With a diverse array of accommodations, KOA caters to all experience levels. Options range from traditional tent camping and RV pull-through sites to deluxe cabins and unique glamping accommodations such as safari tents. KOA campgrounds are also equipped with a variety of amenities, including swimming pools, playgrounds, organized recreational activities, and even puppy playgrounds, ensuring a memorable experience for both relaxation and adventure-seeking campers. On June 5th, live from Kampgrounds of America’s first and oldest campground in Billings, Montana, Diane Eichler, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Kampgrounds of America, conducted a nationwide media tour. Topics that were discussed included: Unique findings from KOA’s Camping and Outdoor Hospitality Report. Top trends and preferences of campers. Ways campers prioritize health and wellness and seek outdoor therapy to relax and recharge in nature. Insider tips, insights and recommended destinations and campgrounds to check out this camping season. SURVEY METHODOLOGY The results of the 10th North American Camping and Outdoor Hospitality Report are based on a total of 4,100 surveys completed among a random sample of U.S. (n=2,900) and Canadian (n=1,200) households. Within the U.S. sample of households, results are stratified by Census Region: Northeast (n=725), Midwest (n=725), South (n=725), and West (n=725). Overall, a sample of n=2,900 U.S. households is associated with a margin of error of +/- 1.82 percentage points, while a sample of n=1,200 Canadian households is associated with a margin of error of 2.83 percentage points. All surveys were completed only via an outbound solicitation sent to a randomly selected cross-section of U.S. and Canadian households. In order to calculate overall incidence, the sample of respondents was statistically balanced to ensure that the results are in line with overall population figures for age, gender, and ethnicity. Some results may not add to 100 percent due to rounding. ABOUT KAMPGROUNDS OF AMERICA Kampgrounds of America, Inc. has been the definitive leader in outdoor hospitality for more than 60 years. United under the mission of “connecting people to the outdoors and each other,” the company consists of two unique brands: KOA and Terramor Outdoor Resorts. KOA, the world’s largest system of privately-owned, open-to-the-public campgrounds, consists of more than 500 franchised and owned campgrounds. With unrivaled brand visibility, KOA also offers campground owners and operators unparalleled support in campground education, design, recruitment, marketing and technology. For more information, visit KOA.com Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 27, 2024 12:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Flash Appoints Chris Donus as President

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Flash, the leading end-to-end parking technology platform, today announced that Chris Donus, the current CFO, has been appointed president of the organization. In the newly established role, Donus will expand his focus on day-to-day operations, working closely with the leadership team to execute transformative strategies that include the expansion of Flash’s burgeoning digital demand network, EV charging and parking platform scale, and driving the company’s regionalized branch organization to deliver unmatched partner experiences. Dan Sharplin will continue in his role as Chairman and CEO, focusing on international growth, strategic transactions, and ecosystem partnerships. “This promotion reflects Chris’s exceptional leadership and expertise at this time of tremendous momentum for Flash as we rapidly scale our industry-leading parking and EV charging digital ecosystem," said Flash CEO Dan Sharplin. “In the next 24 months, we anticipate more transformation in the parking industry than we’ve seen in several decades prior. Chris has the relevant experience to ensure we execute on our priorities that allow us to drive this industry transformation.” “We are building a parking and EV charging ecosystem where a seamless driver experience benefits everyone,” said Donus. “There is an incredible amount of innovation and hard work being done across Flash to build the platform and partnerships that further our position as the leader in parking and EV Charging technology. I look forward to ensuring the value we create is incomparable in my role as President of Flash.” Before Flash, Donus served as COO and CFO at Wheel Health, a venture-backed telehealth platform developer designed to connect companies and clinicians to deliver virtual care. He also served in senior leadership roles at Lyft as VP and Business Unit leader of Express Drive, the customer-facing fleet line of business, generating over $400 million in rental revenue and over $2 billion in Lyft rides. Prior to that, he was president of Silvercar from 2015 to 2018 alongside roles as COO, from 2017 to 2018, and CFO from 2012 to 2015. He has also served in leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor, Hertz Global Holding, and Lucent Technologies. About Flash Flash is a pioneering technology company bringing seamless parking and EV charging experiences to drivers through a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem. Flash’s platform connects reservable parking and charging in the apps drivers use every day with garage, surface lot, event, and valet parking locations—connected and controlled via a cloud-based operating system with unrivaled intelligence. Customer-obsessed brands partner with Flash to deliver digital, easy-to-use, reliable, and increasingly frictionless experiences to drivers eager to pay for a solution that eliminates wasted time, excess emissions, and stress. The solution has arrived. Contact Details Razor Sharp PR Ray Young +1 512-694-6097 ray@razorsharppr.com Company Website https://www.flashparking.com/

June 27, 2024 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time

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What's Trending Now - Summer Must-Haves

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Contact Details News Media Group, Inc. Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

June 27, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Dive into Summer Travel Bliss: St. Kitts Could be Your Ultimate Vacation Destination!

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/5C_u2YNtlTA With its captivating blend of rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture, St. Kitts offers a remarkable experience for travelers seeking an authentic and unforgettable getaway. With an abundance of opportunities to explore the island's rich heritage, the “Summer of Fun” offers a chance to experience the very best of what makes St. Kitts stand out from other Caribbean destinations. From music and adventure to culture and cuisine, visitors can delight in the myriads of ways to soak up all St. Kitts has to offer. The “Summer of Fun” events include the St. Kitts Music Festival (June 22-30), St. Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week (July 11-21), and CPL 20 Cricket (August 21-September 8). Traveler’s who visit St. Kitts during the Summer of Fun will no doubt feel the rich heritage and culture of the Federation. Beautiful views, friendly locals, delicious food, and a rich history are all waiting to be experienced. There is something for everyone, from history buffs who can view UNESCO-recognized sites to adventure lovers who can find scuba diving, extreme hiking, and ziplining. A country this thrilling has to be seen to be believed. “The essence of our Summer of Fun extends beyond the exceptional events. It encapsulates the Kittitian spirit that defines the culture and shares it with incoming travelers,” said Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “We're eager to welcome visitors from across the globe into our vibrant community, where they can immerse themselves in an array of enriching experiences.” “We are thrilled with the ongoing success that St. Kitts has received over the past year,” said Honorable Marsha Henderson, Minister of Tourism, International Transport, Civil Aviation, Urban Development, Employment, and Labor. “Our new campaigns and promotions will help keep the momentum going throughout 2024 and beyond. We look forward to increasing awareness, sharing the beauty of the island, and providing a memorable travel experience to those visiting St. Kitts.” Visitors are reminded to regularly check the St. Kitts Tourism Authority website ( www.visitstkitts.com ) for updates and information Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 26, 2024 10:32 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Rack Room Shoes Announces Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann Scholarship Program Winners

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Rack Room Shoes recently held its annual Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann Scholarship Program in partnership with Scholarship America. This program is exclusively for Rack Room Shoes associates, selecting five students who receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship to support their educational goals. The scholarship recipients for the 2024-2025 academic year are: Marwan Abdelgawad – Sr. Sales Associate – Store #618, Morrisville, N.C. Bessie Brown – Sales Associate – Store #376, Ashland, Ky. Diego Martinez – Assistant Store Manager 2nd – Store #3069, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Kayla Rickman – Assistant Store Manager Lead – Store #499, Concord, N.C. Tara Shivji – Sr. Sales Associate – Store #73, Knoxville, Tenn. The exceptional individuals have demonstrated their dedication, commitment and leadership in both their academic studies and their communities. By investing in these young scholars' education, Rack Room Shoes aims to empower and support their valued associates’ personal and professional development. "Investing in the next generation of talent is essential," said Mark Lardie, president and chief executive officer of Rack Room Shoes. "Congratulations to our scholarship winners and their commitment to furthering their education, we're excited to see what the future holds for these bright minds.” Additionally, scholarship winners from the previous year were renewed for another year of scholarship support, bringing the total to 10 scholarship recipients awarded for the 2024-2025 school year. Through initiatives like the Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann Scholarship Program, Rack Room Shoes remains committed to fostering a positive work environment and providing opportunities for the growth and success of its associates. About Rack Room Shoes Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is known as an innovator in the shoe industry for over 100 years. Rack Room Shoes operates more than 520 locations nationwide under the Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse brands. Both brands offer a great variety of on-trend styles for women, men and children in athletic, comfort and dress categories, while providing a delightful and trusted shopping experience for our valued customers. Through Rack Room Shoes Gives, our ongoing philanthropic program, we provide ways in which customers and employees can seek support for charitable organizations, instilling trust and inspiration in the communities we serve. Contact Details Rack Room Shoes Dejah Gilliam +1 704-501-4567 dejah.gilliam@rackroom.com Brenda Christmon +1 704-491-1850 brenda.christmon@rackroom.com

June 26, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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