Professional Jeweler Archive: JCF Raises Record $3 Million for Charity

August 2003

First Run

JCF Raises Record $3 Million for Charity

Children in the U.S. and Africa are the beneficiaries

Las Vegas. More than 2,100 guests helped celebrate the fifth birthday of the “industry’s charity” at The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas June 1. The event honored Mary Forte, president and CEO of the Zale Corp. as well as Matthew Runci, president and CEO, Jewelers of America Inc.

More than $3 million in contributions were allocated to special programs that have been developed with JCF’s recipient charities: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). National CASA is the new charity in the JCF fold. It’s a a national network of trained volunteers who represent abused and neglected children. Since 1999, the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children has granted more than $10 million to vital programs.

The De Beers group was recognized as a major sponsor of the event. Under the guidance of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, JCF and De Beers have established a multi-year program to help HIV-positive mothers and their babies in Africa through a collaborative effort. In July, representatives of the Glaser Foundation and JCF Chairman Victor Weinman traveled to South Africa to meet with officials from De Beers, the government and the medical community to map out the program’s specific course of action. The group expects the program to be implemented within one year.

During the Facets of Hope Dinner, Weinman, of DesignWorks Jewelry Group Ltd., Long Island City, NY, who has served as an officer of the organization since its formation, was recognized. He prepares to conclude his duties as JCF chairman in October 2003. Also recognized was the Fundraising and Event Committee, led by Terry Burman, group chief executive of United Kingdom-based Signet Group, parent of Sterling Jewelers in the U.S., who also serves as JCF vice chair. The fundraising committee is composed of leaders from the retail and manufacturing segments of the industry.

In addition to the success of the annual Facets of Hope Dinner, funds are raised throughout the year by a variety of special projects dependent upon the support of jewelry trade organizations, multi-store retailers, independent jewelers and manufacturers who participate. Some of these participants are the American Gem Society, Couture Jewelry Collection & Conference, Luxury by JCK, The 24 Karat Club of Southern California, The Plumb Club of New York, in-store canisters and JCF’s “Hope for the Holidays” program, which offers a charitable alternative to commercial holiday cards and gifts.

Armed with a mission to raise funds for charities that primarily benefit children, JCF says it commends the generosity of the jewelry, diamond and watch industry. More information about JCF programming may be obtained from Pattie Light, JCF executive director, at (561) 744-3222.

JBT Pays Tribute to Earle

Industry leaders, staff and family gathered at Jewelers Board of Trade headquarters June 18 to dedicate a flagpole to honor the leadership of Nathaniel C. Earle, president of JBT from 1989-2002.

JBT issued a statement which said: “On April 4, 2002, the Jewelers Board of Trade lost a valuable leader whose insight and unwavering fervor ushered JBT into a new era of service to the jewelry industry. As the consummate teacher, Nat Earle led by example and proved the rewards of hard work and determination.”

Taking part in the dedication were Paul W. Nordt III, chairman, board of directors; Dione D. Kenyon, president; and Anne Earle.

Established in 1884, JBT is a not-for-profit jewelry trade association providing credit, collection and marketing services geared specifically to the jewelry industry.

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