Las Vegas, NV--Jewelers for Children held its 21st annual Facets of Hope event on Sunday, June 2, returning to the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. The move coincided with the JCK Show's return to the adjacent Sands Expo Center after almost a decade at Mandalay Bay.
JFC announced that $1.3 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead, bringing the cumulative total since 1999 to $ 56.7 million that has been donated on behalf of the jewelry industry to help children in need.
“Each and every year it’s amazing how generous our industry is to children in need," said Pam Mortensen, JFC board chair. "The stories from our charity partners and the number of children we have reached is something we can all feel very proud of.”
The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the program, which recognized the two 2019 honorees, Judy Fisher, senior vice president of merchandising for Reeds Jewelers, and David J. Bonaparte, president and CEO of Jewelers of America. Guests were also treated to a performance by 16 year-old Aniya, who had her wish granted when she got to meet performer Jessie J. The group also heard from Jackie, who aged out of the foster care system and is now in college. The evening also included a watch give-away as well as a silent and live auction.
Judy Fisher and David Bonaparte were the 2019 Jewelers For Children Facets of Hope honorees.
During the program, Mortensen announced that the $ 1.3 million the charity was pledging included $300,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, $ 350,000 to Make-A-Wish America, $ 300,000 to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and $ 250,000 to the National CASA Association. Also announced was a commitment of $50,000 to Make-A-Wish International for wish granting in India, and $ 15,000 to the Santa-America Fund, and $ 35,000 to the Organization for Autism Research.
Click here or on the image below to view the complete 2019 Facets Of Hope Dinner Journal, or follow the link below the image.
This year, JFC combined forces with the JCK Show for a high-energy, fun-filled after-party at Tao in the Venetian. All attendees at the Facets of Hope could attend and Tao Beach was set aside for JFC supporters to mingle and enjoy the evening.