Sterling Jewelers donates $100,000 to Katrina disaster relief fund

Sterling Jewelers Inc., the U.S. division of London-based Signet Group plc, said Friday that it will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The donation will assist in the work of the Disaster Relief Fund to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to thousands of people in need.

“I know I reflect the feelings of all Signet and Sterling employees when I express the deepest sympathy and compassion for all people coping with the aftermath of this horrific storm,” said Terry Burman, Signet Group CEO, and chairman and CEO of Sterling Jewelers. “The humanitarian and economic challenges left behind by hurricane Katrina are enormous. Sterling will be making a $100,000 financial contribution to the American Red Cross on behalf of all Signet and Sterling employees to assist with immediate disaster relief. As the full effect of this natural disaster unfolds, we will explore other ways to support the economic and cultural recovery of the area. The work of the Red Cross is so vital in times of emergencies and we’re proud to support them as they launch one of the largest national disaster relief efforts ever.”

Akron, Ohio-based Sterling Jewelers Inc. is the U.S. division of London-based Signet Group plc, the largest specialty retail jeweler in the world.