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Twelve Richmond, VA retail jewelers band together for VCU Massey Cancer Center


(RICHMOND, Va.) - One dozen of Richmond’s finest jewelers banded together to create the 2nd Annual Jewels for a Cure raffle held during VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) Massey Cancer Center’s annual Women & Wellness Forum Series. The event featuring author and cancer survivor, Geralyn Lucas, was well attended at both breakfast and lunch seatings.

The 2012 Jewels for a Cure raffle raised $13,000 in donations to VCU Massey Cancer Center. Guests, who purchased raffle tickets for $25 each, vied to win one of the twelve pieces of fine jewelry donated by Richmond independent retail jewelers.

“We’re thrilled with the results and would like to thank all of the jewelers for their generosity and willingness to work together. It’s very rare to have so many competing firms working together to support a common cause,” said Becky Massey, vice chair of the VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board

Richmond Jewelers helping fight cancer, (l-r) men: Taylor Cowardin, Cowardin’s Jewelers; Chris DeCapri, Capri Jewelers; Don Dransfield, Dransfield Jewelers; Sam Spaulding, Schwarzschild Jewelers; Jack Kreuter, Kreuter Jewelers; Ronnie Adolf, Adolf Jewelers; women (l-r) Lizzie Oglesby, MacLaren Jewelers; Tina Steenburgh, Fink’s Jewelers; Cheryl Fornash, Cheryl Fornash Jewelers and Raffle Chair; and Marguerite Davis, Davis Jewelry. Peter Alexander Jewelers and Victoria Charles Jewellery also participated but are not pictured. Photo by Jay Paul.

The brainchild of Richmond jeweler and raffle chair, Cheryl Fornash, the  Jewels for a Cure raffle has raised over $27,000 for cancer research in the 2 years it’s been a part of the event.

The participating jewelers include Adolf Jewelers, Capri Jewelers, Cheryl Fornash Jewelers, Cowardin’s Jewelers, Davis Jewelry, Dransfield Jewelers, Fink’s Jewelers, Jack Kreuter Jewelers, MacLaren Jewelers, Peter Alexander Jewelers, Schwarzschild Jewelers and Victoria Charles Jewellery. The donated items, all with a retail value of $1,500, included a one-of-a-kind sterling silver, 14k yellow gold and pearl necklace; several pieces by designer Charles Krypell, an Alwand Vahan bracelet, a strand of cultured Akoya pearls, a John Hardy pendant and a Color Story pendant with matching earrings.

The VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of 66 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions that leads and shapes the nation’s cancer research efforts. Visit VCU Massey on line at massey.vcu.edu or call 1.877.4.MASSEY.