June 13, 2017
Ariva Fine Jewelry proudly supports the industry charity, Jewelers for Children.
Members from the Ariva team joined associates from Xcel Brands and Lorenzo for the 5th annual Rings of Strength 5k event. In the early morning of June 4, we gathered to walk and run along the Las Vegas strip. The event raises money each year to support the charity’s partners. To date, this event has raised over $300,000!
Rings of Strength participants L to R: Erin Chicoine, Lindsy Johnson, Jessica Jaffe, Beth Vogel, Debra Puzio, Catherine Heisinger
On June 7, the Ariva team attended the 19th Facets of Hope dinner. The annual event raises funds for JFC, honors industry veterans who have made important contributions to the charity, and showcases inspiring stories and performances by those who have benefited from JFC’s charity partners.
This year’s event included a touching performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, performed by Make-A-Wish America recipient Caesar, an eight year old violinist whose dream was to meet his idol, Itzhak Perlman. The program also included a moving speech from Josephine Nabukenya, an ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
"June is a very important month for our charity," explained Debra Puzio, who chairs the Special Programs Committee. "We kick off the biggest show of the year with our Rings of Strength event, and the industry comes together for the Facets of Hope dinner celebration where we have the opportunity to meet some of the children who have overcome catastrophic illness or circumstance. It's a powerful experience and this is where so many companies and individuals first learn of our great organization and get involved.”
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $ 53 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through our charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Make-A-Wish® America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to Make-A-Wish® International, and the Santa-America Fund.
To learn more about our industry charity, visit www.jewelersforchildren.org.