Ashley Employees Make Significant Donations to Children’s Hospitals

Ashley’s Mississippi employees along with the Chairman of the Board donate nearly $74,000

ECRU, Miss. – For the 17th consecutive year, Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC (Ashley) employees from the company’s Ecru, Verona, Ripley and Saltillo, Mississippi locations have made a generous donation to two children’s hospitals through their “Dollar a Week” program. In total, nearly $74,000 will benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will receive a donation of $31,504. This donation was raised through employee contributions to support one of the leading children’s hospitals in the United States. In total, Ashley employees have contributed $347,883 to Le Bonheur since 2006.

“Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is thankful for companies like Ashley Furniture and its employees of North Mississippi for their generous donation once again,” Le Bonheur President and CEO, Michael Wiggins said. “Thanks in part to their generosity for the past 18 years, Le Bonheur is able to ensure that our patients and families are able to receive the best care whenever they need us.”

Ashley’s “Dollar a Week” program also supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which raised $42,410 in 2022, to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live. Since 2012, Ashley’s Mississippi employees have contributed $279,868 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude for this generous donation from Ashley Furniture employees through their ‘Dollar a Week’ program,” said Tanya Frey, Vice President, Midsouth Territory for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The support we receive through this partnership helps St. Jude continue its ongoing $12.9 billion, six-year strategic plan that will help more of the 400,000 children around the world with cancer each year.”

In addition to these employee contributions, Ron Wanek, Founder and Chairman of Ashley, and his wife Joyce, made a personal donation of $5,000 to each organization.

“We are proud to support both of these outstanding organizations in their efforts to find cures for childhood diseases,” said Ron Wanek, Founder and Chairman, Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC. “I am thrilled by all of our employees who continue this generosity year after year and we hope this gift helps ease some of the burden on patients’ families.”

 Ashley employees also support a variety of different organizations across the U.S. through the “Dollar a Week” program including $8,582 to Ronald McDonald House Charities, $63,003 to Ashley’s Angels, and $18,891 to miscellaneous organizations such as Relay for Life, Together for Tippah, and Rotary Coats for Kids. 


Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC (Ashley) feels that every person deserves more value for their money. Established in 1945, Ashley is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world, and was named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2021. From design through fulfillment, Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day. Visit Ashley online at and “like” Ashley Furniture Industries on Facebook.

About Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats children through community programs, regional clinics and a 255-bed state-of-the-art hospital. Le Bonheur serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital.  For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit Connect with us at or on Instagram at lebonheurchildrens.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.