Yahoo! News: Serena Williams Fund Partners with the Caliber Foundation

The Serena Williams Fund Partners With The Caliber Foundation To End Illegal Gun Violence In America

Serena Williams’ Holiday Wish Is To End Violent Crime In America So Young People Do Not Experience Her Pain Caused By The Murder of Her Sister, Yetunde Price, In 2003.

Get the full story on Yahoo! News here: http://bit.ly/SWFCF

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JFAC INTERN SPEAKS ABOUT WHAT SHE HAS LEARNED

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This summer I have had a thrilling internship with Jewelry for a Cause in the NYC area.  The company began in 2008 with the singular purpose of helping a wide variety of not for profits use jewelry as innovative fund raising tools.  It is truly Jewelry that sparkles with good intentions™.  In addition to their custom wholesale work, they have 3 meaningful retail lines; Talismans, In Gratitude Beads and The Caliber Collection™.  The Caliber Collection is the most high profile of these lines.  The jewelry is made with the serial numbers and metal from shell casings from the different police departments they partner with.  A portion of the proceeds goes back to the cities to fund gun buyback and amnesty programs as well as other needed public safety programs. All of their jewelry has been embraced by A list celebrities such as Donna Karan, Maria Shriver, Demi Lovato, Iggy Azalea, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Gorham, Akon, etc.  I did know all of this before I made the trip from Michigan in May…what I didn’t know was a massive problem illegal guns are in America and what a massive role they play in escalating so many other problems in society…specifically domestic violence.

For years I only equated domestic violence with emotional, psychological, financial abuse, physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. However, I now know what a serious role illegal guns play in domestic violence. Statistics from Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that there are 46 American woman shot to death each month by a current or former intimate partner. And the chances of a woman being killed in a domestic violence situation rises 500% where a gun is present.

Just like domestic violence, anyone can be a victim of illegal gun violence. Victims of domestic violence or illegal gun violence can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment, or martial status. Not only does domestic violence affect those who are abused, but witnesses, family members, co-workers, friends and the community at large are also negatively impacted. Children raised in these environments are shown that violence is a normal way of life and this places them at higher risk of becoming society’s next generation of victims and abusers.

US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, stated, “Gun violence is not something we have to accept, it is something we can do something about and our strategies can reap tremendous results.” He collaborated with the founder, Jessica Mindich, to create the The Caliber Collection)

Our goal at Alpha Chi Omega is to break the cycle of violence in society. We do this with our philanthropy events and other efforts to wear awareness and help victims of domestic violence. Jewelry for a Cause partners with municipalities to fund local gun buyback programs with proceeds from the Caliber Collection, a series of bracelets and cufflinks engraved with the serial numbers from illegal guns and the brass from shell casings swept from crime scenes. Within the past 8 years this company is responsible for creating over $450,000 philanthropic dollars for a variety of worthy causes using jewelry as a fundraising tool. Another astounding statistic is that they have been able to fund gun buybacks that have resulted in 395 illegal guns existing on the streets of the 6th most dangerous city in the U.S. I am so proud to be a part of this effort and excited to bring back all that I have learned to Alpha Chi Omega and my future.

For more information on Jewelry for a Cause http://www.jewelryforacause.net

The Road to Reinvention

How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation
By Josh Linkner
NY Times Best Selling Author

Buy your copy here http://amzn.to/1lP98DL
And check out page 21!

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Meet Celebrity Chris Gorham at the CT Food Truck Festival on July 20th!!

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Meet Celebrity Chris Gorham at the CT Food Truck Festival on July 20th!!

Chris Gorham helps Raise The Caliber to end illegal gun violence in America w/ Jewelry for a Cause at the CT Food Truck Festival on July 20th!

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A Girl is a Gun.

The Style Con’s Giselle Defares highlights the “power” of fashion.

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What are you doing for Father’s Day?

Jewelry for a Cause has a few suggestions for you! From cupcakes to golfing, or batting cages to the grill, find the perfect activity, gift or card for the awesome fathers in your life on the JforaCause Father’s Day Pinterest board. Give the perfect gift to your dad and give back at the same time with our Caliber Collection Cufflinks!

Follow Jewelry for a Cause’s board FATHER’S DAY 2014 on Pinterest.

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LGBT Jewelry

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The Caliber Collection was featured in LGBT Jewelry, recognizing our efforts to take illegal guns off the streets of America. LGBT Jewelry started primarily as a way to give back to the LGBT community and to raise funds for the cause of marriage equality. The LGBT Jewelry blog isn’t just based on jewelry for the LGBT community, but keeps followers updated on pop culture and gives advice to them. LGBT Jewelry donates 10% of all proceeds to the promotion of LGBT marriage rights

To read more of the article go to: www.lgbtjewelry.com/tag/caliber

 

 

Kristin Meekhof picks us as one of her Top 8!

Kristin Meekhof picks the Jewelry for a Cause blog as one of her TOP 8 favorite blogs along with Second Firsts, a blog reaching out to women who are on the widow journey; Footsteps, a single mother to adult children, giving practical advice on parenting, writing, organizing finances and being a grandparent. Women Run is a single mom’s blog who runs her own business, her children to events, a households and races. Cup of Jo is a blog about travel, design, food, relationship, fashion & beauty.  As well as blog about a family’s current journey adopting a daughter from China; This is Me Being Real. Along with Anne LaMott, a best-selling author who’s blog is about her struggles with anxiety and self-doubt, and Dr. Mark Hyman who writes for the Huffington Post about healthy living. What a line-up of amazing blogs, we are privileged to be featured with them!

To connect to these blogs go to:
kristinmeekhof.com/2014/05/19/top-8-favortie-blogs/


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Hartford, CT Press Release

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CITY OF HARTFORD CHOSEN TO KICK OFF NATIONAL ‘RAISE THE CALIBER’ CAMPAIGN TO END ILLEGAL GUN VIOLENCE

Campaign Launches With Unveiling of 60 Foot High Sculpture by Artist Michael Kalish

— NEWS AND COMMUNITY STATEMENT—

(May 7, 2014) The City of Hartford has been selected as the kick off site for “Raise The Caliber” a national advocacy campaign to end illegal gun violence. Central to the campaign will be the unveiling of a public art piece by internationally renowned artist Michael Kalish. The work, a 60-foot high sculpture created from 2,000lbs of shredded illegal guns bought off the streets through voluntary gun buybacks, will be unveiled in Hartford in July and stay for nine months.

“In cities across the country, gun violence is impacting too many families, and cutting too many lives short. We’re doing everything possible to combat that in Hartford and we welcome anyone willing to stand alongside us to help raise awareness of this issue that affects everyone in our community,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

“This monument is truly the most powerful piece I have ever created and I am really honored to hear about Hartford’s enthusiasm for it,” said artist Michael Kalish.

Raise The Caliber was founded by CEO of Jewelry for a Cause NYC, Jessica

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