JCK Ups the Ante for the 2018 Industry Fund Grant Recipients

Nov 14, 2017

Norwalk, CT (November 14, 2017) —JCK announced today that it is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Industry Fund. The JCK Industry Fund, now in its twentieth year, was established in 1997 to enhance the image of the jewelry industry and to foster development and research of programs that would benefit the industry. To date, the fund has awarded over $6 million in grants to those organizations or individuals who have created programs that improve the jewelry industry’s image.

This year JCK has upped the ante, by getting the industry at-large involved through a voluntary contribution of $100 from each exhibiting company as well as contributions from the retailers through myriad means of collections at JCK Las Vegas in 2018.

Ultimately the fund’s mission is to improve the jewelry industry. JCK strongly believes it is part of our corporate responsibility to give back and continue to nurture an industry through its evolution in retail. The jewelry industry as a whole, has done so much to give back and JCK wants to play a major part in that.

All grant proposals will be reviewed by the Fund’s Advisory Committee, which consists of prominent retailers, manufacturers, and industry leaders. Recipients are chosen based upon their synergy with the overall core goals which include:

  • Improving commerce and the image within the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer
  • Aiding in addressing serious problems faced within the jewelry industry
  • Assisting in developing educational content that can make a profound impact on addressing jewelry industry and consumer concerns

“This is our community’s chance to make a difference and support those individuals, groups or associations whose initiatives will improve commerce and change the consumers perception of the jewelry industry" explained Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President, JCK Events.
For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit: www.jckonline.com/IndustryFund
All submissions are due by Friday, December 15, 2017. Award recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2018.

2017 JCK Industry Fund Grant recipients include:

  • Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), whose “Diamonds Do Good” campaign continues to build consumer confidence, reaching over 3 million millennials to-date.

  • The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) for advancing multiple consumer-facing projects, ensuring that the reputation of the jewelry industry remains high in the mind of the consumer.

  • Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) to provide support for innovative projects that help keep the industry safe from crime. Their 2017 grant focused on improved security in malls and allowed JSA to focus on a crucial security effort that otherwise would not have had the resources to pursue.

  • The Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Education Foundation (MJSA) continues to ensure the competitiveness of U.S. jewelry manufacturing and design. Their 2017 grant helped to strengthen the connections between jewelers and consumers through the BEaJEWELER outreach program.


About JCK:
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Lauren Laramore
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E: llaramore@reedjewelrygroup.com

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