Announces milestone with over $40 million donated to children’s charities
(NEW YORK) – On June 3, Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 14th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that more than $2.5 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead, and that since 1999, more than $40 million had been donated on behalf of the industry to help children in need.
“We are truly an industry with a heart, and what we do through Jewelers for Children has no equal in any other industry,” said Peter Engel, JFC board chair. “We can walk with our heads high and our hearts full to know that we have made such a tremendous difference to those who need it most.”
The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the program.
During the program, the organization recognized Pamela Mortensen of jcpenney and Ruth Batson of the American Gem Society. Guests heard from 16-year old Alex, dealing with cystic fibrosis, having his wish fulfilled to be a model by posing with actress Marcia Gay Harden for a JFC public service ad. Seventeen-year old Andrew told of his and his 12 siblings experience in the foster care system and how the Court Appointed Special Advocates in his life have helped him to attain a 3.7 GPA as he prepares for his senior year of high school. Maggie, a 21 year old cancer survivor shared how she is now working as a research assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the place where her life was saved.
More than 1,600 industry guests attended the event that was immediately followed by JCK Rocks the Beach.
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $40 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect through charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® International, and the Santa-America Fund. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.