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September 21st, 2009
Tanger and CTMC partner to "Think Pink"

STAFF REPORT

Tanger Outlet Centers has partnered with Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) in the ongoing fight against breast cancer. From Sept. 21 through Oct. 20, Tanger will sell its Tanger Pink Style savings card that gives shoppers a 25-percent discount on a single item at participating stores.

Each card can be purchased for a minimum of a $1 donation at the Tanger Shopper Service Center, Suite 319, online at tangeroutlet.com, or through the CTMC Foundation Office.

“Our Pink Style Savings Card campaign is providing tremendous added-value to our shoppers’ visit this fall,” stated Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Office for Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “Tanger customers can feel good knowing that each and every Pink Card they purchase is going to make a big difference to help in the fight against breast cancer in their community.”

During the last 16 years Tanger, through its campaigns to help stop breast cancer, has donated more than $6.1 million to the cause. Last year, Tanger Centers reached a milestone in the company’s history by raising more than $1 million over the course of a four week period.

Tanger Outlet San Marcos funds from the pink cards will stay in the community. The proceeds from the campaign are being donated to CTMC’s Lymphedema Therapy Program and mammography for the uninsured through the Stanley K. Tanger fund, named in honor of the company’s founder.

Lymphedema therapy helps prevent swelling due to the build up of a protein-rich fluid in the tissues of the skin often following treatment for breast cancer. Treatment by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist helps to manage the swelling and prevent tissue damage.

“We are very excited and grateful to again be partnering with Tanger for such a worthy cause,” said Gary Jepson, CTMC President and CEO. “The funds raised by the program last year were a huge help to our Lymphedema program. We feel very blessed to be able to provide such an important therapy program to the community, thanks in large part to the generosity of Tanger and to many in our community.”

For more information about Central Texas Medical Center’s breast cancer services, including its Lymphedema Therapy program, call (512)753-8687 or visit their website at ctmc.org. Pink Cards may be purchased at CTMC every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Daily Bread Cafe entrance through Oct. 20. Central Texas Medical Center is located at 1301 Wonder World Drive in San Marcos.

“By working closely with our retail partners and those in the community, we hope to put an end to breast cancer,” said Michelle Carswell, General Manager of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “We are grateful for the support our campaign has received and hope to continue to raise the funds needed to find a cure.”

According to the American Cancer Society, yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams for women age 40 and older are integral to detecting the disease early when it is most treatable. Maintaining a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, following a regular exercise routine and reducing smoking and alcohol consumption are important in helping to prevent the disease.

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