JCF Dinner Will Honor Forte and Runci


September 12, 2002

JCF Dinner Will Honor Forte and Runci

The Jewelers Charity Fund for Children will honor Mary Forte, president & CEO of Zale Corp., and Matthew J. Runci, president & CEO of Jewelers of America Inc. at the 2003 Facets of Hope Dinner in Las Vegas on June 1.

Forte and Runci were selected as next years honorees because of their work through the years on behalf of all jewelry industry-related causes and specifically for their outstanding commitment to the Jewelers Charity Fund since its inception in 1999.

"The Jewelers Charity Fund for Children is delighted to honor two of our industry's most respected leaders," says Victor Weinman, chairman. "Both Mary and Matt have given of their time and hearts to JCF since it began five years ago. They have taught us the true meaning of giving."

JCF recently distributed $2.6 million raised prior to their 2002 Facets of Hope Dinner to its recipient charities – Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Make-A-Wish India (in a special disbursement), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Glaser Pediatric Research Network and The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (in a special disbursement).

Other JCF news announced by Weinman includes the naming of an expanded board of directors and new officers. New board members include Ruth Batson, American Gem Society; Frank Dallahan, JCK; Ed Dayoob, Fred Meyer Jewelers; Mary Forte, Zale Corp.; Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee; Gary Gordon, Samuel Gordon Jewelers; Efraim Grinberg, Movado Group Inc.; Howard Hurwitz, Howard's Jewelry & Loan; Dilip Mehta, Rosy Blue Inc.; Glenn Rothman, Hearts on Fire; Matt Stuller, Stuller Inc.; and Rachel Wertheimer, Jewel America Inc.

In accordance with JCF's mission to involve retailers, manufacturers and trade associations, the slate of officers includes: Terry Burman, Sterling Jewelers Inc., vice president - fundraising/vice chairman; Dana Duneier, Clyde Duneier Inc., vice president, charity programs; Arthur E. Reiner, Finlay Fine Jewelry Corp., vice president - marketing & public relations; Mary Forte, Zale Corp., vice president - special events; Laurence R. Grunstein, Citizen Watch Co. of America, treasurer; Matthew J. Runci, Jewelers of America Inc., secretary; and Jonathan A. Goldman, Frederick Goldman Inc., former chairman.

Members of the jewelry industry may wish to consider a tax-deductible contribution to JCF instead of typical holiday gifts. JCF has a variety of ways to express holiday greetings while helping children with catastrophic illnesses. For more information, call Pattie Light at (703) 919-8003.







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