Aflac Partners with Macy's to Bring Holiday Cheer to Children

Aflac (NYSE-Listed AFL) visited the NYSE to highlight the company’s long-standing partnership with Macy’s and help bring holiday happiness to children across the nation. In honor of the occasion, President and COO Paul Amos rang The Closing BellSM.

- Aflac Duck Balloonicle to Debut in 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® -

- Aflac Holiday Duck to be Available at More than 670 Macy’s Stores Nationwide  -

- Proceeds to Support the Treatment and Research of Childhood Cancer at Hospitals Across the Nation -

In its eleventh year, the Aflac Holiday Duck program has already helped raise nearly $3 million to fight the disease that affects more than 12,000 children under the age of 19 who are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

This year Macy’s has expanded its commitment to the fight against childhood cancer by selling the Aflac Holiday Duck nationally at more than 670 Macy’s stores, up from 211 stores in 2010.

The unique 2011 Aflac Holiday Duck is dressed in a warm scarf and matching hat with ear flaps, evoking frosty images of winter.  The Aflac Holiday Duck is available in a six-inch version for $10 and a 10-inch version for $15, with proceeds distributed to the nearest of more than 50 participating pediatric cancer hospitals in the region where the duck is purchased.  In addition to Macy’s, the Aflac Holiday Duck is also available online at www.aflacholidayduck.com beginning on November 14.  Including proceeds from the Aflac Holiday Duck, to date Aflac has raised more than $67 million for the treatment and research of childhood cancer.

Aflac Duck Balloonicle Joins Macy’s Parade

Making its first appearance in the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Aflac Duck will have spectators quacking with delight as it rides down the route. The famed spokesduck will take on a new form for the festivities as a 35-foot-tall balloonicle (a Macy’s hybrid vehicle and balloon). Riding on a sleigh and wearing a festive scarf, the Aflac Duck balloonicle will be a surefire hit and a welcomed addition to the legendary Parade lineup.

2011 Aflac Holiday Duck at Macy’s

Debuting in stores in early November, Macy’s will offer the unique 2011 Aflac Holiday Duck as a collectible plush gift. The Quack That Gives Back is dressed in a lumberjack hat and scarf that conjures up frosty images of the holiday season. With proceeds set to benefit children’s cancer organizations, the Aflac Duck will be available at 674 Macy’s stores, an additional 463 versus 2010. The Aflac Holiday Duck will be available in a six-inch version retailing for $10 and a 10-inch version for $15, with all the proceeds distributed to the nearest of more than 50 participating pediatric cancer hospitals in the region where the duck is purchased. To date, Aflac has raised more than $67 million for childhood cancer and for the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta.

Holiday Happiness Provided by Aflac

In addition to the parade debut and expanded plush duck program, Aflac will partner with Macy’s to bring holiday happiness to cities across the country at a variety of local events, including the 25-city Macy’s Santa Bus Tour, the Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling in Philadelphia, and the massive tree lightings in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. 

The 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 24, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones. For more information on the Macy’s parade, please visit macys.com/parade or call the parade hotline at 212-494-4495.

About Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL)

When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have helped provide a safety net and given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For five consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies and by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best-Managed Companies in the Insurance category. In 2011, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 13th consecutive year. Also, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 10th time in 2011. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or aflacenespanol.com.