For most of their 52 years in business, the people at Ford, Gittings and Kane Jewelers have been involved with fund raising for many organizations and causes. Auctions, fashion shows, raffles and special events are regular occurrences for owners Alice Herring and Jan Fergerson and their staff.
Recently they got to play a different roll when the
The Make-A-Wish Foundation (Georgia and Alabama Chapter) and Ford, Gittings and Kane Jewelers together helped send 18 year old Brittany Weldon and three of her family members on a dream trip to
Local Make-A-Wish volunteers attended the event representing the regional chapter for the presentation.
“After the reception we took
This summer the family will travel to the islands for a week long vacation as Brittany, who graduated from high school this spring, receives her much anticipated wish.
The 18 year old suffers from cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Half a century ago, few children with cystic fibrosis survived to make it through elementary school, so
Besides the wonderful trip, made possible through donations raised by the regional Make-A-Wish Foundation, the store provided gifts for Brittany and her family. An 18” strand of pearls with an 18kt white gold clasp is to serve as a reminder of her trip to the “
Upon opening her necklace and admiring it with awe, the teen said that she “felt rich” to own such a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Ford, Gittings and Kane became involved in Make-A-Wish through their membership in Georgia Jewelers Association and the AGS Conclave, both of which actively participate in Jewelers for Children.
JFC is a non-profit organization that raises money in the fine jewelry and watch industries that is used to help children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. Since 1999, nearly $35 million dollars has been raised from the industry, including manufacturers, retail jewelers, watch companies, trade associations, and those who provide professional services to the industry. JFC raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and their other legacy partners St. Jude Children’s
At the April, 2010 Georgia Jewelers Convention (held in conjunction with Alabama Jewelers Association) Fergerson along with other Georgia and
If you would like to become involved in Make-A-Wish or any of the other JFC legacy partner charities contact executive director David Rocha at JFC headquarters (212-687-2949) or your local Make-A-Wish office.