Jewelers come together for life’s most precious gems

Jewelers for Children gifted Dallas CASA with a $75,000 grant to help the group reach its goal of providing a trained volunteer to advocate for every child in Dallas foster care. Jewelers for Children is the charitable arm of the jewelry industry, composed of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations. They are the largest private supporter of the National CASA Association, supporting the network’s volunteer advocacy efforts since 2003. Throughout the past 15 years Jewelers for Children has provided 35 grants to CASA programs throughout Texas, for a total of $728,000. This has made it possible for programs to train 2,718 new volunteers, who have served more than 8,900 children in the child welfare system.

The grant was presented by Pamela Mortensen, JFC, an executive with JCPenney and Tara Perry with National CASA.

Story and photo by Rosanne Lewis
Pictured, from left to right, are: Kathleen M. LaValle, Dallas CASA; Tara Perry, National CASA, Pamela Mortensen, JCPenney/Jewelers for Children.