ALROSA, Luxury Jewelers Resource Group to be Recognized for Community-Building Efforts
New York, NY; January 29, 2019– The Diamond Empowerment Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 ‘Diamonds Do Good’ Awards, to be presented at the D.E.F. annual gala on May 30 at the Venetian Hotel, Palazzo Ballroom Las Vegas, NV.
ALROSA will receive the Diamonds Do Good Community Stewardship Award and the Luxury Jewelers Resource Group will receive the Diamonds Do Good Community Building Award.
ALROSA: Diamonds Do Good Community Stewardship Award.
The world’s leading diamond mining company in terms of total carats produced, ALROSA has been a steward of the community since the discovery of a Kimberlite diamond pipe in 1955 brought thousands to the otherwise barren region. Given the name of ‘Mir’ the Russian word for ‘peace’ it is now home to 35,000 people. ALROSA makes community responsibility one of their company pillars and go beyond providing necessary infrastructure for workers and their families. Each year they dedicate 3% of their revenue for social and economic development across the region and charity projects. This includes supporting education and culture, offering healthcare, rehabilitation, housing, culture and sports activities for the people of Yakutia.
Luxury Jewelers Resource Group (LJRC): Diamonds Do Good Community Building Award.
Established in 2005, the LJRC is a consortium of 12 independent family-owned jewelry retailers across 20 states. The principals are well respected within the industry as much for their business acumen as for their community and philanthropic involvement. The group is unique in that they regularly meet to connect on challenges and opportunities that affect their individual businesses as well as the industry at-large. The principals hold themselves to the highest standards and remain committed to maintaining the integrity of their diamonds. A consistent link between each member is their strong belief in building the community around where they do business. From empowering young girls through Girl’s Inc. to supporting women’s shelters, the homeless, cultural arts and education initiatives, the group’s members epitomize the generosity of the industry.
The banners under this group include Bachendorf’s, Bruce G. Weber, Diamond Cellar, Hamilton Jewelers, Hyde Park Jewelers, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, London Jewelers, Lux Bond & Green, Mann’s Jewelers, Reis-Nichols Jewelers, Tapper’s Diamond & Fine Jewelry, and Tivol.
“The recipients of this years’ Diamonds Do Good Awards reflect the ongoing positive impact being fostered by the diamond industry at home and around the world”, says D.E.F. president Anna Martin, also senior vice president of GIA. “Sharing these stories with our customers is not only good for business, it is a responsibility for the entire industry.”
For more information and to purchase tickets/sponsorships for the Diamonds Do Good Awards, please visit diamondsdogoodawards.org
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About the Diamond Empowerment Fund:
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a global non-profit based in New York City inspired by Nelson Mandela and founded by leaders in the diamond industry in 2007 to empower diamond communities around the world. Its beneficiaries include: the Botswana Top Achieversprogram that provides the top high school students countrywide the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development; The Graca Machel Mandela Foundation that supports bringing 20,000 Tanzanian out-of-school youth back to school. Veerayatan, a model for encouraging development of responsible citizens who are educated, have strong integrity and a motivation to give back to their community. D.E.F supports students attending its colleges of Pharmacy, Business Administration and Engineering.