M. Fabrikant & Sons contributes $100,000 to GIA

M. Fabrikant & Sons has joined the growing number of key benefactors to the Gemological Institute of America in supporting the Institute’s ongoing research and educational efforts.

Susan Fortgang, principal brand manager and director of Human Resources for M. Fabrikant & Sons, will represent the company and be honored at GIA’s prestigious League of Honor Dinner in October 2003 in recognition of the company’s generous donation of $100,000.

The company’s gift will be invested in GIA’s permanent Endowment Fund. It was created to provide a perpetual source of income for GIA Education and Research, and only the interest generated from the account will be used to fund such efforts.

“We believe it’s important to support GIA’s Endowment so the Institute can continue to offer opportunities to young, potential graduates who have a passion for diamonds and jewelry,” said Fortgang.

GIA will honor the gift by designating a classroom at the Institute’s New York Education branch with the M. Fabrikant & Sons name.

“We are enormously grateful to M. Fabrikant & Sons for their contribution to the GIA Endowment Fund,” said Linda Ellis Harmeling, GIA’s chief development officer. “Their gift will help assure that GIA will continue to provide research and education to the industry and the public long into the future.”

The League of Honor is a distinction reserved for industry leaders and organizations who have contributed $100,000 or more to support GIA’s mission as a nonprofit public service organization. Since 1995, more than 80 individuals from numerous companies in the gem and jewelry industry have been recognized at the annual event.

To learn more about the GIA Endowment Fund, contact Jane Lynch, GIA’s director of Institute Relations, by e-mail at jane.lynch@gia.edu, or visit www.gia.edu.