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DSW Announces $110,000 Donation Through Its Shoe Lovers Care Philanthropic Platform


COLUMBUS, June 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DSW Inc., (NYSE: DSW), the leading branded footwear and accessories retailer announced the company will be giving back to the community through its Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program for the fourth time since 2013. Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark enables DSW associates to nominate non-profits that make an impression on their lives for a chance to receive a $75,000 donation from DSW.   

Vote for your favorite non-profit organization to win a $110,000 donation through DSW's Leave Your Mark Program

DSW associates nationwide were encouraged to nominate a local or national cause dear to their hearts. After internally reviewing the applications, DSW has selected 5 local and 3 national finalists to compete for the $75,000 donation. The finalists are: Association for Women in Science – Massachusetts Chapter; Brother Wolf Animal Rescue; Colon Cancer Alliance; Darkness to Light; Fisher House Foundation; The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc.; Village Family Services; and YWCA Columbus. While the organization that receives the most votes wins the $75,000 donation, all other finalists will reach receive a $5,000 donation from DSW.

"What's really motivating about this program is the ability to share with our customers what our associates are passionate about.  We've found that the organizations are not only appreciative of DSW's financial support but also enormously grateful for the awareness that   DSW associates bring to their causes. With more than 23 million Rewards members and a highly engaged social platform, we look forward to providing exposure for future support," says Jonica Armstrong, Community Relations Manager for DSW.

Starting today, DSW encourages everyone to visit and vote for their favorite non-profit. Voters can cast a vote once per day through June 16, 2015.  They can also learn more about each of the above organizations and how they've impacted the lives of their nominators.

About DSW Inc.

As of June 5, 2015, DSW operates 450 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and operates an e-commerce site,, a mobile site, and interactive mobile app. DSW also supplies footwear to 374 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group. For store locations and additional information about DSW, visit Follow DSW on our blog at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

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For further information: Kris Kraner, Public Relations,; Christina Cheng, Senior Director, Investor Relations,, (855) 893-5691
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