More than $5 million in grants have been awarded
(NORWALK, Conn.) - The JCK Group is proud to announce the grant recipients of the 2011 JCK Industry Fund. They are: Jeweler’s Security Alliance, American Gem Society, Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Women’s Jewelry Association. More than $5 million in grants have been awarded to organizations and individuals since its inception in 1998.
Grant applications for the JCK Industry Fund are reviewed based on the following criteria: Improving the image of the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer; addressing problems and challenges facing the industry or assisting organizations and associations in providing funding to develop training materials for its membership or industry-at-large. The Fund was established by JCK Events and JCK magazine to enhance the image of the jewelry industry and to foster development and research for programs that benefit the industry. Through funding various trade organizations’ missions, tens of thousands of retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and related industry service organizations have benefited from the program since its inception.
“Every year, JCK is pleased to award these grants to worthy individuals and organizations who contribute significantly to our industry,” said Dave Bonaparte, Group Vice President. “As a global leader in the jewelry industry, JCK believes the JCK Industry Fund is an important element in its corporate responsibility to give back and nurture the industry that it serves.”
The following four industry organizations have been awarded grants:
• Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA): “In a difficult economic climate, the JCK Industry Fund provided JSA with the resources to successfully complete an innovative project entitled ‘A Proposal to Monitor Merchandise Offered on eBay to Identify Stolen Jewelry and Watches.’ There are over three million jewelry, gem and watch items listed on eBay, and it is a marketplace that fences seek to use. With the support of the JCK grant, JSA provided training on jewelry crimes and investigations to eBay’s senior security staff, and JSA received training on eBay security procedures. eBay then provided JSA with special software to help find patterns of fraudulent sales and to help identify stolen product in order to assist law enforcement and the jewelry industry. As a result of JSA’s help to law enforcement in January 2011 on a case involving allegedly stolen product listed on eBay, a search warrant was executed and an eBay seller was arrested in the New York area. The JCK Industry Fund is helping to protect and advance our industry.” - John Kennedy, President, Jewelers’ Security Alliance.
• American Gem Society (AGS): “We are extremely appreciative to be a beneficiary of JCK’s grant. Because of this grant, the AGS continues to bring an array of top talent business leaders to Conclave to share their best practices. It also allows us to provide training and hands-on workshops that are unrivaled, which in turn, benefits not only our membership, but benefits the industry at large by raising the bar of excellence.” - Ruth Batson, Executive Director & CEO, AGS.
• Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) provides legal compliance education and self-regulation to the jewelry industry. “This year, JVC put the grant money towards our Industry Protection Program which provides compliance guidance and consulting on the various regulatory requirements for jewelers,” according to Cecilia Gardner, President & CEO and General Counsel. “JVC is able to provide compliance services to the entire industry only with the support of the JCK Industry Fund. We are grateful for their continuing support.”
• Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA): The annual “Women in the Know” conference continues to grow through the increasing demands of WJA’s expanding international membership as well as its reputation among the industry at large. “The JCK Industry Fund allows us to meet these increasing demands with even stronger, more inspirational speakers as well as travel incentives, corporate discounts and special student rates.” - Kendra Bridel Weinman, Lusciouss International, Inc. and International President, The Women’s Jewelry Association.
The JCK Industry Fund recipients receive their awards at a presentation ceremony at JCK Las Vegas in June.