National Jeweler: JFC ‘Hope’ event for children draws 1,300

National Jeweler Magazine | June 18, 2010

Las Vegas--More than 1,300 members of the industry turned out for Jewelers for Children's (JFC) 12th annual Facets of Hope event, held earlier this month in conjunction with Las Vegas Market Week.

During the course of the evening on June 6, attendees heard the tear-inducing stories of seven young people who have benefited from the programs JFC helps fund through donations, and watched as the JFC honored Ed Hrabak, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Sterling Jewelers, and Frederick Goldman Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Goldman for their work with the JFC.

The group also presented its first-ever Humanitarian Awards to model Kathy Ireland and Emmy-winning actress Jaime Pressly, both of whom were honored for their support of causes to benefit children in need.

In addition, the JFC announced its intentions to donate $3 million to charity partners in the year ahead.

"In a challenging economic environment, it's gratifying to see so many step up with so much to support Jewelers for Children," JFC board chair Ed Bridge said.

JFC intends to distribute $600,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, $600,000 to National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Vegas Association, $600,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, $530,000 to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, $470,235 to Autism Speaks, $50,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International to fund wishes in India and $25,000 to the Santa-America Fund for the recruitment and training efforts for volunteer Santas and elves.

The JFC event was held at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. During the program portion of the evening, the crowd heard Brandon, Christian and Miraya speak about their time in the foster care system and how CASA volunteers, who help children who are going through the court system, changed their lives, while Make-A-Wish kids Dominique and A.J. shared the stories of their wishes being granted, and A.J. also sang a song from his soon-to-be-released CD to open the program.

Audience members listened to Christina share her story of how the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has assisted her throughout her life after being born HIV positive while Vivian spoke about her courageous battle with cancer and how St. Jude Children's Research Hospital saved her life.

The evening began and ended with a cocktail party and mock Las Vegas-style gaming, with all proceeds going to the JFC. Gen-Next Jewelers was the sponsor of the event after-party.

For more information on Jewelers for Children, visit JewelersForChildren.org