Raises funds for Jewelers of Louisiana Flood Relief
The Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) wrapped up its annual Convention in San Antonio September 24 – 26 on a high note, celebrating 110 years as an association, and raising funds for the Jewelers of Louisiana Flood Relief Fund.
The two and one-half day event allowed attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple events, including educational workshop offerings from Gemworld, seminars and panel presentations, and over 40 vendor exhibits.
Capping off the annual gala dinner event on Sunday night, the TJA held a raffle, with prizes donated by vendors, to benefit the Jewelers of Louisiana Flood Relief Fund.
Between Aug. 11 and Aug. 14, more than 20 inches of rain fell in and around East Baton Rouge. Rivers ran over their banks, leaving a vast swath of damage, and an estimated 100 people employed in the Louisiana area jewelry industry were affected.
Vendors who generously contributed to the raffle included the Vardi Company, Costar Imports, Jewelers Mutual, Gems of the Hill Country, Charles Garnier, American Gem Trade Association, Lustour, Jewelry LED, Federated Insurance, The Debora Collection, IAS Training, Roseco, ELLE Time & Jewelry, Peter Barr Designing Jewelers, YCH, Inc., Escape Watches, JCS Consulting and Chronofy.
Texas Jewelers Association President Brad Koen kept the raffle exciting with a blend of humor and crowd-pleasing wit, and the night ended up raising $915 for the Jewelers of Louisiana Flood Relief Fund.
“I want to thank everyone, vendors and retail jewelers, who helped make this convention such a success. Our annual convention is a great opportunity on many levels for retail jewelers in Texas who are looking for great suppliers, excellent education and a lot of fun,” said Koen.
“I am also touched by the donations we received from our vendors, and the generous amount spent on tickets for the raffle. It’s an honor for me and the Texas Jewelers Association to be able to help out our fellow jewelers in the state of Louisiana.”