The Women’s Jewelry Association hosted its 26th Annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner last night at the Chelsea Piers in New York. Some 550 guests attended. Honorees included 10 individuals and one corporate entity, all recognized for achievements across various sectors of industry.
The winners are segmented by category:
Design, Fine Jewelry
Winner: Ann King, Steven Lagos and Ann King for QVC
Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier for Fine Jewelry/Gemstones/ Metals/ Watches
Winner: Gena Alulis, CliQ by Superfit
Retail, more than 15 stores
Winner: Bea Speich, Macy’s
Retail, fewer than 15 stores
Winner: Cathy Corey, Day’s Jewelers
Winner: Robin Lutin, JCK
Marketing & Communications
Winner: Branee Dallow, Julius Klein
Winner: Cheryl Kremkow, Modern Jeweler
Winner: Dionne Kenyon, Jewelers Board of Trade
Hall of Fame, Corporate Award for Excellence (this is the first year for this award)
Gemological Institute of America
Hall of Fame, 2009 Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Matt Runci, Jewelers of America
Hall of Fame, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Diane Von Furstenberg
For a complete list of all those nominated, click here.
UPDATE: The evening’s silent auction raised approximately $30,000 for its scholarships and grants program.