AGL, GCAL To Sponsor Charity Raffles In Las Vegas To Benefit JFC
NEW YORK, NY ― May 15, 2007 ― American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) and Gem
Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL), the Official Colored Gemstone and Diamond
Laboratories of the JCK Shows, are teaming up with Jewelers For Children (JFC) to raise funds
for children in need during Las Vegas market week May 29 through June 5.
AGL and GCAL, both subsidiaries of Collectors Universe, Inc., are sponsoring charity raffles to
benefit JFC at all of the major Las Vegas jewelry shows. The raffles include: JCK Las Vegas
Show, Booth L59 – Win a plasma screen TV. Couture, Booths 132-133 – Win a “Dream Team”
store makeover. Luxury by JCK, AGL/GCAL Oasis Lounge, Venetian Hotel, Ballroom, Level 5
(May 29-31) – Win a plasma screen TV. Premiere, AGL/GCAL Oasis Lounge, Venetian Hotel,
Marcello Ballroom, Level 4 (May 29-31) - Win collectible original autographed memorabilia.
Prestige Promenade, AGL/GCAL Oasis Lounge at JCK Las Vegas, Sands Expo – Win
collectible original autographed memorabilia.
In addition, Cap Beesley, President of AGL and Don Palmieri, President of GCAL, are donating
original autographed sports and Hollywood memorabilia for drawings that will be held at JFC’s
Facets of Hope Dinner on June 3 in the Bellagio Hotel.
“As a JFC board member, I am thrilled to be able to support JFC in this manner,” said Nancy
Robey, Chief Marketing Officer of Collectors Universe. “Our lab presidents approached me to up
their support for JFC this year, and Cap Beesley, President of AGL, and Don Palmieri, President
of GCAL, stepped up to the plate and pledged matching funds for all $100 raffle tickets sold.”
Each raffle ticket comes with an adorable teddy bear sporting a shirt that proudly displays the
JFC, AGL and GCAL logos.
“GCAL is proud to be associated with the great charitable works of Jewelers for Children, said
Don Palmieri, President of GCAL. “And we are delighted to enlist our colleagues in this
fundraising effort for the benefit of thousands of children helped annually.”
Established just eight years ago, JFC already has raised more than $23 million for programs to
help children in need. JFC’s success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade
organizations like AGL and GCAL, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail
stores, individual jewelry professionals and jewelry consumers, said David L. Rocha, Executive
Director of JFC.
“We are thrilled to have the support of the entire Collectors Universe family in helping JFC bring
smiles to kids in need,” Mr. Rocha added.
About American Gemological Laboratories
American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) is a subsidiary of Collectors Universe, Inc., a
NASDAQ Global Markets traded company (CLCT NASDAQ listed). AGL has been a pioneer as
the first gemological laboratory to offer colored stone grading reports and comprehensive
gemological origin reports (www.aglgemlab.com). AGL also is the Official Colored Gemstone
Laboratory of the Fine Jewelry CEO Summit, JCK - Las Vegas and JCK Invitational show, and
Couture 2007, as well as the official North American Laboratory of the International Colored
Gemstone Association (ICA) and the 2007 Platinum Sponsor of the ICA World Congress in
Dubai. AGL also is the Oasis Lounge sponsor of the Premiere, Prestige Promenade and Luxury
by JCK shows.
About Gem Certification and Assurance Lab
Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) is a subsidiary of Collectors Universe, Inc., a
NASDAQ Global Markets traded company (CLCT NASDAQ listed). GCAL provides guaranteed
diamond certification with bundled services including Gemprint and direct light performance
analysis as well as SourceVeritas and Ideal Cut certificates (www.gemfacts.com). GCAL is the
Official Diamond Laboratory of the International Colored Gemstone Association for North
America, Fine Jewelry CEO Summit, JCK – Las Vegas, JCK Invitational show, Couture 2007,
and the JA New York Shows. GCAL also is the Oasis Lounge sponsor of the Premiere, Prestige
Promenade and Luxury by JCK shows.
About Jewelers for Children
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 over $23 million to programs
benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through charity
partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA Association. JFC also
provides support to Make-A-Wish Foundational International and in 2006, provided support to
the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and
the Jason Program (www.jewelersforchildren.org).