January 7, 2003
JIC Gets Norville for Gala
The Jewelry Information Center announced that Deborah Norville will be the mistress of ceremonies of its inaugural Gem Awards gala on Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, in New York City. The black-tie dinner and awards ceremony will be the first annual salute to journalistic excellence in coverage of jewelry and related issues. Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy Award winner, former cohost of the "Today" Show, and presently the anchor of "Inside Edition," ABC's nightly syndicated newsmagazine.
Norville will host the dinner and awards ceremony, to be held at Cipriani 42nd Street, to award consumer magazine, newspaper and international journalists, as well as Tiffany & Co. for its marketing campaign. Other highlights of the evening will include a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to Gedalio "Gerry" Grinberg of Movado for his achievements in the watch industry. Ashford and Simpson, the Grammy-award-winning songwriting and performing duo, will be the evening's entertainment.
JIC expects approximately 700 guests at the inaugural Gem Awards gala. "We are thrilled by and grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support the first year of this event," says JIC Executive Director Elizabeth Florence.
Cochairs for the event are Koichi Takahashi of Mikimoto (America) Co. Ltd. and Lowell Kwiat of Kwiat Inc. The journal chairman is Steven Shonebarger of Bulgari Corp. of America. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children.