ascenaCARES Associate Awards recognize associates who are giving back to their communities and award a $1,000 grant to support each honoree’s chosen nonprofit organization. One winner from each of the ascena collective of brands is chosen annually.

Congratulations to the following associates who won this prestigious Award.


Nominated by: Megan Bryant

Natalie has been an active support member with Free the Captives, a nonprofit fighting teenage sex trafficking in Houston. The organization supports young women through aftercare, prevention, deterrence and awareness. This past year Natalie became a freedom ambassador, raising money through 5k races, and clothing drives and is actively planning a summer retreat for the girls. Each year Natalie volunteers in their FTC retail stores to help run the operations and merchandising functions.



Nominated by: Beth Walker

Lori was nominated for her efforts in partnering with SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) to help donate clothes for survivors so they are not sent home from the hospital in scrubs.




Debra is being recognized for her work with the Pink Lemonade Project.  Pink Lemonade Project was created to provide critical support to breast cancer survivors who struggled with the many emotional and psychological aspects of breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. When should someone get a mammogram (with or without a history of breast cancer)? What are the rights and options available for restoration after a mastectomy or lumpectomy? And so much more…




Vicki is extremely proud of her work with Camp Quality, a children’s family cancer charity established in 1983 by Vera Entwistle in Sydney, Australia to provide a support network for children living with cancer and their families. The name of the organization was sourced from a conversation with a pediatric oncologist, who told Entwistle that “No one can do anything about the quantity of life, but we all can do something about the quality.”



Nominated by: Roberta Mendoza

Fara is being recognized for her work with Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Founded in 1987, it has reached out to more than 70 countries.  Her volunteer work is commendable.


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Nominated by: Jennifer Fisher

Therese is a proud supporter of Embassy Life Services.  Embassy Life Services provides support to homeless and less fortunate individuals and families. They offer emergency food bags that can be consumed right away as well as toiletry items, coats, gloves, hand warmers, socks, hats, coats, etc. They cook and serve hot meals in conjunction with the Salvation Army and we are honored that Therese supports them.



Nominated by: Amber Wosswaag

Alesandra has dedicated her time every month working with The Simpson Shelter.  The Simpson Shelter, located in Minneapolis, MI is a homeless shelter which also runs a rehabilitation program. Sandra volunteers to serve meals, collect clothing and donations to help those in need live better lives.


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Nominated by: Annie Freer

Sam Scott is a passionate advocate for the youth in NYC, donating her time and money to giving them an outlet for development and learning through her work with Hudson River Community Sailing. HRCS believes everyone can learn to sail, and that sailing provides a unique opportunity for growth and discovery. The organization uses sailing to fulfill their mission: developing leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth, and providing maritime education to the city at large. This is done within a vibrant community sailing center, where we offer professional instruction, membership, veteran’s courses, summer camp, group and corporate events, and community regattas.