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The Mary Kay Foundation
dedicated to ending women's cancers and domestic abuse

March 15, 2016, marks the 20th Anniversary of the Mary Kay Foundation. The first grants given in 1997 were 5 cancer research grants for a total of $500,000. In 2015, The Foundation gave almost $5 million to its two causes – eliminating cancers that affect women and ending the epidemic of violence against women. Our accomplishments are highlighted in our 2015 Year in Review.

What a testimony to Mary Kay’s legacy that the foundation she started would be a dynamic force in so many women’s lives 20 years later. One way that we can celebrate her legacy of love is by making a tribute in honor of her today.

Help now… you can make a difference in the lives of women across the nation.

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is proud to announce the establishment of a Distinguished Professorship in Women’s Cancer Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This quarter-million dollar gift honors Dr. Jerry Shay’s leadership as the Chair of The Mary Kay Foundation Research Review Committee for the past 20 years. Dr. Shay was presented with this honor during a reception on June 20, 2016, at UT Southwestern. Through his service, Dr. Shay has led the grant review process for the Foundation’s efforts to fund research for women’s cancers including breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer.

Suits for Shelters collects new and gently used women’s professional attire, shoes and accessories for local survivors of domestic violence. Join us in Dallas July 5 – August 6 by dropping off your donation at TOOTSIES in the Plaza at Preston Center. You’ll receive a $25 gift card as a “thank you.” If you are a member of the Mary Kay sales force attending seminar, we are excited to receive your donation at the Dallas Convention Center.


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Mary Kay Inc. is the major corporate sponsor of The Mary Kay Foundation. Because of the Company’s generous support, more than 97 percent of dollars donated by supporters like you can go directly to programs and research. Less than three percent goes to administrative and overhead costs.
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