Roman Jewelers raises awareness and funds with silent virtual auction


(PRESS RELEASE) BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On April 12, 2022, Roman Jewelers, a local family business in Somerset County, New Jersey, launched a virtual silent auction that raised awareness and more than $24,000 for UNICEF, an aid organization. humanitarian aid, which works diligently to provide care for war-affected children in Ukraine. Roman Jewelers worked with Givergy, an online fundraising platform, to establish a virtual fundraiser that featured fine jewelry pieces, as well as unique gemstones, which were donated by multiple sponsors.

Roman Jewelers created this online fundraiser for children in Ukraine with the resources they have at their fingertips, in this case fine jewelry. This contemporary form of community outreach, which has spread beyond the Somerset county region, has met new friends and donors who have discovered the auction through shares and social media posts. social. The company is now sharing its fundraising efforts with the jewelry press in hopes that other jewelers around the world will join in and create similar campaigns. The Roman Jewelers/Givergy online auction platform, currently viewable here, includes a personalized message from the Roman Jewelers family.

Roman Jewelers also has a personal story. Roman and Sophie Shor left the communist USSR in the early 1980s with their children. Their love of America is so strong because their beliefs in the pursuit of freedom, their support for democratic values, and their very deep understanding of the effects of government repression are even stronger. Beliefs that were passed down to their daughter and co-owner, Lucy Zimmerman.

“The impact of war on children is devastating and the trauma experienced can have lifelong effects. It is crucial that they receive basic necessities such as health care, nutritious meals, education and protection. Our company quickly put together this silent auction to help support this essential aid,” said Lucy Zimmerman, co-owner of Roman Jewelers.

The goal of this virtual silent auction, which ended on May 1, 2022, was to raise $15,000, but thanks to the extraordinary support of its customers and online community, Roman Jewelers raised $24,091. , while 100% of profits are donated to UNICEF. .

Roman Jewelers employee Angelika Vereb knows firsthand how vital help is right now. Vereb currently has family in Kharkiv, the first city to be attacked on February 24. Vereb’s mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephew (16) are safe, but many children sheltered from the bombs for months in the metro station and survived on food donations, water and medicine.

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“I hope and pray that the food does not run out and that they can continue to survive. Donations are needed now and for as long as this terrible war lasts and beyond,” Vereb said. She mentioned that she even finds it difficult to find the words to express how touched she is by her friends, clients and employer. In short, she said, “I am grateful for the generosity of my clients and friends. It means so much to me personally, but also to the people of Ukraine. They don’t deserve this, and children are the most affected.

Lucy Zimmerman said, “We are incredibly overwhelmed and grateful to everyone who has contributed beyond what we expected. We are so grateful to our staff, jewelry partners, customers and community for helping us make this silent auction a success. Exceeding this fundraising goal only goes to show the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together. However, our work is not yet finished.

According to UNICEF, war creates nearly one refugee child every second, a startling statistic that the owners and staff of Roman Jewelers take to heart and feel compelled to continue helping.
Lucy Zimmerman said: “We don’t want to stop! We are currently designing a personalized pendant for children from Ukraine that will be available for purchase, and again we will be donating 100% of the proceeds. We want to spread the word. The more the jewelry industry and the community participate, the more help we can provide.

Roman Jewelers would also like to thank its jewelry partners, including Hearts on Fire, Roberto Coin, Artinian Gems, Pink Diamond, Freida Rothman, Izi, Parade, Veer, Uneek by Benjamin Javaheri, Gabriel & CO., T. Gluck Company, GN Diamond, Vivaan, Getana & Co. and Fischer Jewelry Designs – for donating beautiful jewelry that encouraged continued engagement and bidding during this virtual silent auction.

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