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Jewelers’ support for St. Jude shines

Jewelers for Children (JFC) celebrated the lives of children around the world on May 31 during the organization’s 11th annual Facets of Hope Dinner at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More than 1,000 guests from the jewelry industry attended the dinner, which serves as the culminating event for JFC’s annual fundraising programs.

During the event, JFC honored St. Jude as well as a number of its other partner charities. It was announced that St. Jude would receive $500,000 from JFC from its past year of fundraising.

St. Jude patient Alexis Vannier was on hand at the event to share her story and to thank the industry for their support. In 2007, doctors discovered a tumor, stage IV medulloblastoma, in Alexis’ brain. She was sent to St. Jude where she and her doctors have beaten the tumor.

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 nearly $32 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect.

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.


June 2009