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Speed Queen® Announces Second Annual Partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

RIPON, Wis.-(Sept. 15, 2014) - Speed Queen®, a leading manufacturer of home laundry equipment, today announced its second annual partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) in support of breast cancer awareness and research surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. A portion of proceeds from the sale of a limited-edition washer and dryer pair, available at select independent retailers across the country, will benefit BCRF.

"Speed Queen is proud to partner once again with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, where 91 cents of every dollar spent supports breast cancer research and public awareness," said Jay McDonald, Vice President of North American Home Laundry Sales for Alliance Laundry Systems. "We are honored to contribute to the many BCRF programs that are truly making a difference and saving lives."

Between September 15 and November 15, Speed Queen will donate $20 from every limited-edition washer or dryer sold to the Foundation. The exclusive pink-accented machines are available at select independent retailers across the country, and have been built to the same commercial standard of durability that laundromats and on-premises laundry facilities have relied on for more than 100 years.

"We received such strong support of our partnership last year from our distributors, retailers and customers; there was no question we would continue it in 2014-and set our fundraising goals even higher," added McDonald.

In 2013, Speed Queen set out to raise $10,000 for BCRF and ultimately donated $16,500. This year, the manufacturer has committed to donating a minimum of $20,000.

Already more than $2,500 has been raised for BCRF on behalf of Doolittle Distributing, Inc., a Speed Queen distributor headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas.

"This cause is very important to us. It's hard to find someone who has not been personally affected by breast cancer, and our employees are no exception," said Jack Doolittle, President. "It doesn't matter how big or small the donation-if we all pitch in progress will be made."

"BCRF is grateful for the continued partnership and support from Speed Queen, its distributors and its customers during such a crucial time for generating funds toward breast cancer research," said Myra Biblowit, president and CEO of BCRF. "It's thanks to altruistic brands like Speed Queen that BCRF can continue to fulfill its life-saving mission."

To locate a participating dealer, find more information about Speed Queen's new limited-edition washer and dryer pairs, and for more information on how to donate, please visit SpeedQueen.com/cure.

For more information regarding The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and how to join the fight against breast cancer, please visit bcrfcure.org.

Media contact: Marit Harm, 414-292-0217, mharm@n-s.com.

About Speed Queen

Speed Queen offers innovative, reliable and energy-efficient washers and dryers for home laundry use.  For over 100 years, Speed Queen has dedicated itself to providing consumers with durable, commercial-grade home laundry machines that deliver a superior wash result. Speed Queen washers and dryers are manufactured in Ripon, Wis. where its parent company, Alliance Laundry Systems is based.  Alliance is a leading global manufacturer of laundry products for the commercial and home markets. To learn more, visit SpeedQueen.com/Home.

About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, they invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible charities. They are the only breast cancer organization with an "A+" from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.

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