July 15, 2005
JFC Donates $4.15 Million to Charities
Jewelers for Children, the jewelry industry's charity, committed to donate $4.15 million to charities benefiting children. The official announcement was made June 5 at JFC's annual Facets of Hope fundraising dinner in Las Vegas.
JFC's four charity partners, known as the JFC Legacy Charities, are St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association. The JFC board of directors made a commitment to donate $975,000 to each of the four charities.
In addition, $150,000 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International to continue the funding of wish granting in India, and $100,000 will be placed in the Jeffrey W. Comment Memorial Endowment Fund, named after the late Helzberg Diamonds CEO and JFC board member, to provide for outreach to additional charities that support children.
"The members of the jewelry industry continue to shine in their generosity toward JFC and our efforts to help children. It's an honor to work with so many outstanding people who are making a real difference," said JFC Chairman Terry Burman of Sterling Inc., Akron, OH. "Through the efforts of our industry, we have helped countless children with medical research and care, wish granting, and advocacy."
Through the Facets of Hope dinner and other programs, including JFC holiday cards, in-store collection canisters, Hero for Hope membership, charity golf tournaments, and raffles, the fund has raised more than $18 million for children who are victims of catastrophic illness, life-threatening abuse or neglect.
Jewelers for Children was formed in 1999 out of the jewelry industry's efforts to support worthwhile charities and give back to the community. It is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization based in New York City. JFC receives generous support from jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers. More information can be found on the JFC website, www.jewelersforchildren.org. Online donations are accepted.