Friday, December 4, 2009
I was excited to participate in this year's Dallas Rocks / Diamond Empowerment Fund Charity Auction, which raises money to support higher education in South Africa! I decided to donate my "Roman Nymph" pendant, a one-of-a-kind piece made of 18k yellow "crushed" gold with Morganite, Tourmaline, Diamonds, and a lustrous Pink Freshwater Pearl. The winning bid also received one of my signature leather boxes and, of course, a chain to wear the pendant on.
If you've been reading my blogs, then you know I am currently working on a project for the Diamond Empowerment Fund; a stylish unisex Dog Tag that will help raise more money for this worthy cause. This project is still in the works, but I'll let you all know when the Dog Tag is available for purchase. I think I might even make a one-of-a-kind "blingy" version of the Dog Tag for next year's Dallas Rocks event!
Cheers & Crushes,
More about the Diamond Empowerment Fund:
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) is a non-profit international organization founded by Russell Simmons, along with other individuals in the diamond and jewelry industries and others who are committed to the empowerment of Africa. D.E.F.'s mission is to raise money to support education initiatives that develop and empower economically disadvantaged people in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource. CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg is D.E.F.'s first named beneficiary and a model for higher education in South Africa
CIDA (Community and Individual Development Association) was established to provide higher education designed to encourage human, economic and social development for the large population of South African youth living in disadvantaged communities. In 2000, CIDA City Campus was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa as Africa's first virtually free college, to provide opportunity for the huge numbers of students who had no access to furthering their education. The school combined self-development initiatives with an academic focus on a business degree program, along with skill-building programs for students not yet prepared for higher education. Student service to the school and the student's own community was also a fundamental principal.