Diamond Direct’s Custom-Designed Breast Cancer Pendants Raise the Stakes in Silent Auction, Greatly Increasing Funds Raised for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research
Diamonds Direct, one of America’s largest and most successful jewelry companies, Tuesday announced it raised $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Big PINK Give event held April 6 at Hotel Granduca in Austin. The event raised more than $300,000.
“This is the fourth year we have been honored to sponsor this inspiring breast cancer awareness and fundraising event,” said Diamonds Direct Vice President Anat Adi-Atias. “We have all been touched by cancer in some way, and it is deeply rewarding to have an opportunity to contribute to the vital work Komen Austin is doing to make a lasting impact on the Austin breast cancer community.”
About 200 guests attended the Big PINK Give, a sold-out gala that began with a champagne reception under the stars, followed by dinner and a program featuring inspiring remarks by individuals directly impacted by breast cancer. The evening culminated with an opportunity to give by participating in a live auction.
Diamonds Direct has been a sponsor of the event for the past four years and this is the second year for them to create two custom-designed breast cancer ribbon pendants encrusted with diamonds and pink sapphires, each weighing more than 2.5 total carats, to be auctioned to the highest bidder. In concept, the winner would receive both pendants, keep one and give the other to a survivor at Komen’s “Race for the Cure” event in September. Last year, following the same concept, Diamonds Direct raised $30,000 for Komen, and the winner gave them both to survivors at the September race.
At this year’s Big PINK Give, the contest for the pendants reached a fever pitch, with two bidders each offering $50,000. Encouraged and cajoled by the inimitable Cowboys Auctioneer, Health Hale, they each decided to purchase one pendant for $50,000, doubling the amount of funds raised to $100,000. Both bidders generously decided to forego taking a pendant home and will donate them both to survivors at this year’s “Race for the Cure.”
“This incredible event was made possible by our partners, and Diamonds Direct stepped up once again, creating two breathtaking pieces that brought an astounding $100,000 to our cause,” said Suzanne Stone, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “We are so grateful to our guests and our generous bidders, as well as to event chairs Amber Gonzales and Jennifer Elliott. We also want to thank Heath Hale of Heath Hale Auctioneers in Lakeway for the masterful way in which he handled the auction, greatly increasing the funds we raised that evening.”
About Diamonds Direct
Diamonds Direct is one of America’s largest and most successful jewelry companies with 15 locations in the U.S. Each location offers loose and mounted diamonds, a multitude of engagement ring mountings by America’s top designers, diamond and gemstone fashion jewelry, wedding bands, pearls and much more. The company backs its products with industry-leading guarantees and warranties, including their unprecedented 110% lifetime upgrade. Diamonds Direct is a socially responsible company that thinks globally and acts locally. The company ensures all diamonds are ethically sourced via the Kimberly Process and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for local philanthropies and cultural organizations that are critical to the communities Diamonds Direct calls home. For more information, visit https://www.DiamondsDirect.com.
About Komen Austin
Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests 75 percent in local community health grants and educational initiatives, and 25 percent in global research studies to find cures for breast cancer. Since 1999, Komen Austin has invested more than $11.7 million in breast health services and educational efforts in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Additionally, it has given more than $5.4 million to fund global research studies to find cures for breast cancer. Komen Austin encourages the local community to help save lives and end breast cancer forever by participating in year-round fundraising efforts and our signature events – the Susan G. Komen® Austin Race for the Cure and the Big PINK Give. For more information, visit https://KomenAustin.org.