JCK Industry Fund awards grants to six organizations

The JCK Shows and JCK magazine announced the recipients of the 2002 JCK Industry Fund at The JCK Show ~ Orlando 2002. To date, the Fund has awarded more than $1,650,000 in grants to organizations or individuals who develop plans to enhance the industry image as well as promote the welfare and growth of the industry. The JCK Show ~ Orlando took place February 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

The JCK Industry Fund was created in 1998, in response to the jewelry’s industry need for public awareness and education. Each year, through this Fund, $400,000 is distributed as grants to individuals, groups or associations whose grant application fits. Said Dave Bonaparte, Vice President, The JCK Shows, “The JCK Industry Fund is a unique opportunity for industry groups to receive funding to support programming initiatives that benefit the jewelry industry. We are honored to make an investment in the future of our industry.”

The 2002 JCK Industry Fund Recipients are as follows:

* The Jewelers Vigilance Committee: $50,000, for developing a directory of appraisers in continuation with their J-Bar program.

* Jeweler’s Security Alliance: $25,000, for the development of psychological counseling for victims of jewelry related crimes.

* Gemological Institute of America: $100,000 to conduct research on HPHT treated diamonds.

* American Gem Society: $100,000, for the research and development and research of a cut-grade for fancy shape diamonds.

* American Gem Trade Association: $50,000 to conduct research on how irradiation of U.S. Mail affects gemstones.

* Manufacturer’s Jewelers Suppliers of America: $75,000 to educate jewelry manufacturers on how to comply with local government laws in the handling of hazardous materials.

Both The JCK Shows and JCK magazine contribute the money for the fund and a Fund Advisory Committee administers the program. The committee consists of representatives from manufacturing, retailing, JCK magazine, and The JCK Shows.

The recipients of the grants are chosen based on the ability to improve the image, awareness, and knowledge of jewelry products among customers and retailers. To learn more about The Jewelry Industry Fund or to make a request for grants, write to:

The JCK Shows/Reed Exhibitions
Attn: Dave Bonaparte, Vice President
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851