Jewelers For Children (JFC), the U.S. jewelry industry’s recognized charity, formerly known as Jewelers Charity Fund for Children, will honor David and Sybil Yurman, founders of David Yurman of New York, and Sue E. Gove, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Zale Corporation of Dallas, at its Seventh Annual Facets of Hope Dinner in Las Vegas. The annual event, which is expected to draw a crowd of more than 2,000, will be held at The Bellagio on Sunday evening, June 5, 2005.
The three will serve as guests of honor with the responsibility of helping the industry’s charity to raise funds that will benefit children whose lives have been devastated either by catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. They join a list of prominent industry leaders who have been recognized by the charity since 1999. More than $3.8 million was contributed to JFC’s recipient charities during the 2004 dinner that honored Edward A. Dayoob of Fred Meyer Jewelers Inc. and Susan M. Jacques of Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts.
JFC benefits from the benevolence of manufacturers, retail jewelers, trade organizations, and those who provide professional services to the jewelry industry. Nearly $14 million has been allocated to JFC charity partners since 1999. They include the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, National CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and Make-A-Wish Foundation International in support of a special program in India.