The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, recognized the jewelry industry for its support at the dedication ceremony for the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic on November 16. JCF President Victor Weinman and Executive Director Pattie Light accepted a plaque from St. Jude, which commemorates the $1.2 million gift made by the jewelry industry over the past seven years. A total pledge of $1.5 million was made to provide endowment funds for the operation of the newly renovated clinic.
"The fine reputation of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital makes raising funds for the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic an honorable pursuit," says Light. "The Jewelers Charity Fund for Children appreciates the involvement of jewelry manufacturers, retailers and related trade associations who are proud to do what they can to help children in need. We, as an industry, are humbled by the great work done at St. Jude to offer hope to families around the world."
St. Jude is the world's largest pediatric cancer research center. Its doctors perform more than 150 bone marrow transplants a year to combat numerous life-threatening diseases.
- by Julia M. Duncan