The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California succeeded in reaching its goal of raising $38,000 Jewelers for Children (JFC) Jewelers, a 10% increase over the previous year. In addition, the organization presented its Excellence in Service Awards to Frank Dallahan, former Publisher of JCK magazine, and Dave Bonaparte, vice president of Reed Exhibitions’ JCK Shows.
This is only the seventh time this award has been presented since the club’s beginnings in 1944.
“We are privileged to have two spectacular individual recipients of the 2004 Excellence in Service Award who have made such a significant contribution to our Industry,” said Robert Bridel, president of the organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of the jewelry industry and to share with jewelers a common responsibility for its integrity and honor.
Money for JFC was raised with proceeds from the organization’s Tribute Book and a raffle and silent auction. The JFC charities include Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Elizabeth Glaser’s Pediatrics Foundation, and CASA.
The awards presentation and fund raising announcement were part of the organization’s 60th annual Dinner Dance Gala, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 16. Terry Burman, CEO of Signet Corp., plc and Sterling Jewelers, Inc. was the evening’s keynote speaker.