Thursday, July 05, 2007

Jewelers for Children Slates $4.5 Million For Charities

NEW YORK CITY — Jewelers for Children , the jewelry industry's charity, announced that $ 4.7 million would be committed in the year ahead to charities that benefit children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. The announcement was made at the recently held Facets of Hope celebration at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

More than 2,100 members of the jewelry industry attended the annual event. Audience members also heard from some of the children who have directly benefited from the support the jewelry industry has provided. The program included a 15-year-old girl who was treated as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and a 10-year-old, HIV positive boy from Jamaica who is participating in a study with the JFC Elizabeth Glaser Scientist, Dr. Margaret Feeney. Dr. Feeney and the boy were introduced, for the first time, on the stage during the presentation.

The funds will be distributed as follows:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - $1 million

Make-A-Wish Foundation - $1 million

National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association - $1 million

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - $675,000

Jason Program - $325,000

Make-A-Wish Foundation International - $200,000

National Autism Research Foundation – $50,000

Santa America Fund - $35,000

Jewelers For Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. The nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.

This is a fantastic example of an industry coming together to make a difference. This donation effectively benefits eight different charities, which in turn benefit the lives of countless children.

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