Silent auction to be held for Alex Sepkus employee stricken with Spinal Meningitis

A silent auction will be held Monday, Nov. 10 to benefit Kinga Marjai, master jeweler for designer Alex Sepkus, who was stricken with spinal meningitis in June 2003. The benefit will take place at the famed B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City and will feature a silent auction of fine jewelry, watches, and other luxury items from such notables as John Hardy, David Yurman, Robert Coin, Stephen Webster, Me & Ro, Bedat & Co., and Alex Sepkus.

Marjai, who has worked for fine jewelry designer Alex Sepkus and his partner Jeff Feero for nearly eight years, was stricken with spinal meningitis in June 2003 and remained in a coma for three full months. Despite doctors’ bleak prognosis that she would remain in a vegetative state, Kinga Marjai awoke from her coma in Sept. 2003. Since then, she has endured a long, slow and painful recovery process.

Though she has made significant progress, she still faces extensive surgeries and long-term therapy. Her care is costly and she has no means of support. To help offset some of her expenses, Alex Sepkus and Jeff Feero have established the TRUST FUND BENEFITING KINGA MARJAI. Friends, colleagues, and industry associates have donated generously, but there is still a long way to go. Sepkus and Feero are hoping that this silent auction will raise enough money to address Marjai’s most immediate needs. Throughout this tragic experience, Marjai remains optimistic and is determined to return to her career as a master jeweler and her friends at Alex Sepkus, Inc.

The benefit event will run from 6 – 9 p.m., Nov. 10 at B.B. King’s Blues Club at 237 West 42nd St., New York and will include live music from The Matt Chertkoff Trio, food, and a cash bar. Tickets are $75 each (not tax deductible.)

To purchase tickets or to make a donation to the TRUST FUND BENEFITING KINGA MARJAI, please contact Jeff Feero of Alex Sepkus, Inc. at 212-391-8466 or via e-mail at

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