JFC Names 2006 Honorees

October 21, 2005

JFC Names 2006 Honorees

Jewelers for Children, the industry's charity, will honor Mark Light, president and CEO of Sterling Jewelers Inc., Akron, OH, and Edward L. Bridge, president and co-CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler Inc., Seattle, WA, at the annual Facets of Hope event June 4, 2006 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The event, the culmination of JFC's fundraising efforts for the year, attracts more than 2,000 industry guests during the the JCK-Las Vegas Show.

Light and Bridge agreed to serve as guests of honor at the event with the resposibility of assisting JFC in raising funds to benefit children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. Each year, prominent industry leaders are honored by the charity. In 2005, Sue Gove of Zale Corp. and David and Sybil Yurman of David Yurman were the honorees. More than $ 4.1 million was pledged to JFC's charity partners.

"We are thrilled that Mark and Ed have agreed to be honored and both have assured us that they, along with our dedicated fundraising committee, are going to make 2006 the most successful year yet for JFC," said Laurence R. Grunstein of Citizen Watch Co. of America, JFC chairman. "We are also fortunate to have Howard Sherwood of Daniel's Jewelers Inc., JFC's vice-president of fundraising, to head our 2006 effort. As important as monetary donations are to our success, the donation of time is perhaps the most difficult to make and we are extremely grateful to Mark, Ed and Howard, as well as the entire fundraising committee for their efforts on behalf of the children we help each year."

The fundraising effort will officially kick off in January 2006. Those interested in sponsoring can find complete sponsorship information on the JFC website, www.jewelersforchildren.org, or by contacting JFC at (212) 687-2949.

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