New York, NY—Jewelers for Children has announced that it will distribute $475,000 to its charity partners this year, despite difficult conditions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s distribution 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 its 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 will receive $25,000, and the Santa-America Fund will be granted $15,000.
JFC's announcement comes on top of a similar announcement made by the industry's other leading charity, Diamonds Do Good, which also continued its grant program despite the pandemic.
JFC’s annual charity donations are usually announced at the Facets of Hope event during the jewelry market week in Las Vegas. With this year’s cancellation of the Las Vegas market week events, however, JFC is making the announcement in conjunction with the close of the organization’s fiscal year.