(NEW YORK) – Jewelers for Children (JFC) has announced that they will be distributing $475,000 to their charity partners this year. This brings the total donated by the jewelry industry to $57.3 million since the charity began in 1999.
“Serving as board chair through this very challenging year has truly shown me just how beloved Jewelers for Children is in our great industry,” said Debra Puzio, board chair. “The support from our donors has been amazing and being able to make these donations this year is truly an accomplishment the entire industry should be proud of.”
The charity will be making donations to their four legacy charities and three additional organizations that have been supported for many years. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive $100,000, Make-A-Wish America, $100,000, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, $100,000 and the National CASA/GAL Association will also receive $100,000. Additionally, the Organization for Autism Research will receive $35,000, Make-A-Wish India, $25,000 and the Santa-America Fund $15,000.
The annual charity donations are usually announced at the organizations Facets of Hope event during the jewelry market week in Las Vegas. With the pandemic causing market week events to be cancelled this year, JFC is making the announcement in conjunction with the close of the organization’s fiscal year.
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 $57.3 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Make-A-Wish® America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to the Organization for Autism Research, Make-A-Wish® International and the Santa-America Fund.
Learn more at www.jewelersforchildren.org.