JCK Industry Fund Announces Grants

JCK magazine and The JCK Shows have announced the grant recipients of the annual JCK Industry Fund:

  • Jewelers’ Security Alliance received $138,000 to fund the production of a jewelry-crime training DVD for law-enforcement personnel.

  • Jewelers Vigilance Committee received $100,000 to support JVC’s efforts to provide enhanced legal compliance for the jewelry industry in the form of improved monitoring, education, and communication.

  • The American Gem Society received two separate grants of $50,000 and $12,000 to support both its 2005 education program at the AGS Conclave and its AGS Graduate Sales Associate educational program for 2005, respectively.

  • Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America received $68,000 to further the development of its Safe and Secure program.

  • Jewelers of America received $32,000 to aid its project Protecting the Reputation of Our Products and Business: Managing Social, Ethical and Environmental Responsibilities and Risks.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” said JVC’s executive director and general counsel, Cecilia Gardner. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of the JCK group.”

Mark Smelzer, publisher, JCK International Publishing Group, said, “JCK magazine has been an integral part of the jewelry industry since 1869 and was instrumental in the founding of many leading industry organizations. We’re very proud that, together with our partners at The JCK Shows, we can continue to serve the industry and support it in this very tangible way.”