(NEW ORLEANS) – Over 100 people employed in the jewelry industry have been impacted by the recent floods in South Louisiana. Jewelers of Louisiana, a statewide organization, representing over 1,500 employees has established a fund to help anyone in the jewelry industry affected by the recent events.
Chad Berg, President of Jewelers of Louisiana, Vice President at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry stated: “The floods are worse than any of us could have ever expected. This will change the footprint of South Louisiana for years to come. However, people in South Louisiana are resilient and we will come back stronger than ever from this terrible experience.”
Tammy Kidder, Vice President of Jewelers of Louisiana, Vice President of Merchandising at Stuller added, “The heroism and camaraderie we have seen from everyone coming together throughout the industry has been incredible.”
A fund for anyone affected and employed in the Louisiana jewelry industry has been set up with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Using the foundation provides a very important advantage to all involved: companies don’t pay taxes on contributions, and employees receiving grants don’t pay income taxes. Anyone who was impacted by the flood may apply for grant assistance once the fund is funded.
Jewelers of Louisiana encourages anyone in the industry to make a donation at: http://www.employees1st.org/jewelersofla.