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New Balance Donates $1 Million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

January 1st 2010

Boston, MA -

New Balance announced today that the company has reached its goal to donate $1 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from the proceeds of the Lace Up for the Cure® Collection.

"New Balance is committed to supporting the mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and raising funds through corporate and consumer donations, including those made through purchases of our Lace Up for the Cure® Collection," says Chris Mann, associate brandmarketing manager for New Balance. "We believe this donation can make a significant contribution to breast cancer education and research and we are thrilled to reach our $1 million goal this year."

2009 marked the company's 20th year as a proud sponsor of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. New Balance celebrated this anniversary with the introduction of a pink special edition New Balance 993 running shoe and a comprehensive marketing program that included an 8 minute video highlighting New Balance's long-standing partnership with Komen for the Cure®, a successful custom YouTube channel and in-store marketing materials.

Consumers can still contribute to the cause through the end of 2009 at www.komen.org. Starting in January, New Balance will donate 5% of the suggested retail price of sales from the Lace Up for the Cure® Collection with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The Lace Up for the Cure® Collection is available at retail year-round.

History

New Balance has been associated with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® since 1989, and has been a National Series Sponsor of the Race for the Cure® since 1991 – making New Balance the longest running sponsor of the race series. As a National Series Sponsor, New Balance partners with retailers and Komen Affiliates across the country to promote awareness at the local level. In addition, the company sponsors the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® for the Cure, Marathon for the Cure® and Honorary Team New Balance, a group of breast cancer survivors selected from each Komen Race for the Cure®. In September and October, the company hangs a giant pink ribbon at their global headquarters in Boston, MA to highlight that month's Massachusetts Race for the Cure® event and October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs more than 4000 people around the globe, and in 2008 reported worldwide sales of $1.64 billion. For more information please visit http://www.newbalance.com.