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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Joins St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Thanks and Giving Campaign.

SAN FRANCISCO -- This holiday season, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) will join forces with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R), the world's epicenter of childhood catastrophic disease research, as a partner in a signature fundraising initiative, Thanks and Giving. The campaign, which encourages consumers across the country to give thanks for the kids in their lives who are healthy, and give to those who are not, is in its second year. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will participate by publicizing the campaign and, from Nov. 21 through Dec. 4, collecting donations. All seven of the WSI brands -- Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, holdeverything, west elm and Williams-Sonoma Home -- will participate in the campaign.

The symbol of this year's campaign, the St. Jude magnifying glass, will be displayed throughout WSI catalogs, websites and retail locations. It is designed to remind customers of St. Jude's thorough look into any and all options to save a child today, and their relentless drive to find breakthroughs and discoveries for the future. From Nov. 21 through Dec. 4 WSI will collect donations of $1 or more at the registers of its more than 560 U.S. retail locations and through its websites. WSI hopes to be a powerful force in this fundraising effort that supports the groundbreaking research and first class care and treatment happening at St. Jude.

"Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a company centered around the home. The tireless efforts of St. Jude to create a family environment while conducting cutting-edge research motivates our partnership," said Howard Lester, Chairman, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. "It is amazing that eighty-four cents of every dollar St. Jude receives goes directly to research and treatment. With the help of our customers this holiday season, we will support St. Jude's efforts to find life-saving cures every day."

"It is because of the generous support of companies like Williams-Sonoma, Inc. that St. Jude is able to fulfill its mission of finding cures and saving children," said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director of St. Jude. "This year, many companies are coming to the aid of our most vulnerable children -- those fighting childhood cancer -- and we are truly grateful to Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and its employees for making the St. Jude cause their own."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is where doctors send their sickest patients and toughest cases. It is a place where pioneering research, revolutionary discoveries and miracles happen every day. No child is ever turned away from St. Jude because of a family's inability to pay; all costs for treatment, travel, food and lodging for patients and their families are covered. St. Jude has increased the survival rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia from 4% to 86% today, and was the first in the world to cure sickle cell disease using a bone marrow transplant. The late entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude. His daughter, Marlo Thomas, currently serves as the National Outreach Director. This year, celebrities including Antonio Banderas, Faith Hill, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ray Romano and Robin Williams, will join Marlo Thomas to publicize the Thanks and Giving campaign.

About Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a nationwide specialty retailer of high quality products for the home. These products, representing seven distinct merchandise strategies -- Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, holdeverything, west elm and Williams-Sonoma Home -- are marketed through 571 stores, eight mail order catalogs and six e-commerce websites.

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. In light of the ongoing tragedy along the Gulf Coast, St. Jude has joined nationwide relief efforts to support those who are suffering. St. Jude is providing treatment or medical support to more than 100 pediatric cancer patients who were being treated at hospitals affected by Hurricane Katrina. St Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-822-6344.
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