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'Jewelers That Care' to Award Industry Players in Las Vegas

Apr 11, 2011 12:50 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The second annual Jewelers That Care Awards will be held during the JCK Vegas show on June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort at 7 p.m. Industry marketing and branding expert Diane Warga-Arias will be master of ceremonies and Patricia Syrvud, of  Joia Consulting, will be a special guest speaker.

Jewelers That Care will honor four members of the jewelry industry whose personal and professional visions align with the group's  mission to work with and respect the world’s most precious resource: People.

The group will recognize Jeff Corey of Days Jewelers of Maine for his commitment to beneficiation and for promoting the  "Made in Botswana" diamonds to their customers.

Lisa Linhardt, of Linhardt Designs of New York, will be recognized for her  jewelry that incorporates recycled metals, conflict-free stones and traces fair labor of mining these stones. Linhardt collaborates with female jewelry artisans in Colombia, Kenya and Tanzania.

Alfredo J. Molina, of Molina Fine Jewelers in Arizona,  and his Molina Foundation supports approximately 200 charities every year in Arizona, California and New York, focusing on children, education and eradicating disease. Jewelers That Care will recognize Molina with an award for his work in raising $4 million for charity in support of  Susan G. Komen, AZ Kidney Foundation, Ryan House, Chrysalis, and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Donna Distefano has made giving back a core value of her business, which is why she was chosen to receive an award. In addition to her fair trade and sustainable manufacturing commitment, she has raised awareness and donations for international outreach charities such as OneKid OneWorld, Women for Women International, the Environmental Defense Fund, and many others.


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