The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a less strenuous, street level bike ride. Sponsors are lining up for this year’s event and participants can now register to participate. The event, now in its sixth year, has generated nearly $300,000 to help children in need.
Once again, JCK Events is the major event sponsor; ASHI Diamonds, Freeman, and CMAC have also signed on.
The event will kick-off at 5:30 a.m. to avoid the heat of the day. Rest stops along the route will ensure that everyone stays hydrated and energized to help raise funds for children in need.
Participants can visit www.ringsofstrength.org to sign up. During sign-up you create your own unique fundraising page and URL which can be forwarded to all of your friends and acquaintances to encourage them to sponsor your participation. Participants can sign up as individuals or build a team page with friends to create even more excitement. All funds raised will benefit the Jewelers for Children charity partners.
The event was named for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients Maggie and Odie. When Maggie spoke at the Facets of Hope event in 2012, she shared the story of how she gave Odie a ring with the word Strength engraved in it as they fought their shared battle with cancer. Each participant receives a silver ring like Maggie’s to commemorate their participation in the event, courtesy of ASHI Diamonds.
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 $53 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 Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A-Wish® America and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to Make-A-Wish® International and the Santa-America Fund.