2003 JCK Industry Grant Fund recipients announced

ORLANDO – JCK magazine and The JCK Shows today announced the recipients of the 2003 JCK Industry Fund, which awards grants to recipients who demonstrate an ability to improve the image, awareness, professionalism, and knowledge of jewelry to both trade and public. Since its inception in 1998, The JCK Industry Fund has awarded nearly $2,000,000 in grants to the industry.

The 2003 recipients are:

· $40,000 to the American Gem Society for cut grade research
· $50,000 to the American Gem Society for its Conclave education program
· $70,000 to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s Jewelry Crime Training Institute
· $50,000 to the Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee’s undercarating project (to address undercarating with a “C”)
· $70,000 to the MJSA Industrial Safety Initiative, Phase II
· $50,000 to EGL USA for HTHP diamond research
· $20,000 to the Jewelers’ Education Foundation for computer equipment for speaker programs
· $50,000 to the Gemological Institute of America for HTHP diamond research

JCK’s Industry Fund Committee, comprised of representatives from the manufacturing and retailing sectors and JCK magazine and the JCK Shows, is responsible for reviewing all grant applications and choosing the appropriate recipients.

“JCK magazine and the JCK Shows are pleased to give back to the industry in this manner,” said Frank Dallahan, publisher of JCK magazine, and Dave Bonaparte, vice president of the JCK Shows. “We are proud to provide a significant contribution.