Donor Spotlight: London Jewelers
A Long Island legend for 85 years, London Jewelers offers the foremost designers of fine jewelry, prestigious timepieces and giftware. From a dazzling selection of jewels to the finest timepieces, the company is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence, innovation and quality. In addition to its leadership role in the jewelry industry, the family-owned company has a venerable tradition of supporting the communities where its employees live and work.
When London Jewelers’ General Manager, Michael Spevak, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the news hit hard–both Michael and his wife Debbie were longstanding and valued members of the London Jewelers team. The company’s determination to help others took on new meaning after losing Michael to pancreatic cancer in 2008. CEO Mark Udell, along with company President Candy Udell, decided to identify a charity with which to focus their fundraising and awareness efforts. After learning that 100% of all donations to the Foundation go directly to pancreatic cancer research, London Jewelers selected the Foundation as its charity of choice.
In 2010, London Jewelers reached out to renowned designer David Yurman for the creation of an exclusive design to benefit pancreatic cancer research. Having experienced the loss of a close friend to this disease, the designer was pleased to lend his celebrity to the cause. On July 15, a limited edition David Yurman pendant was unveiled at a special reception at London Jeweler’s Flagship store: more than 400 pendants were sold during this one night.
"Having lost a beloved friend and valued member of the London Jewelers team, we understand the devastating impact of pancreatic cancer. We are proud to team up with The Lustgarten Foundation, knowing 100% of all donations go directly to research." - Mark Udell
The amethyst pendant, available in sterling silver and 18k gold, symbolizes the groups shared determination in the fight: Purple is the official color representing pancreatic cancer, and the pear shape of the pendant is modeled after The Lustgarten Foundation’s logo design, which represents rays of the sun. Net proceeds from the sale of the pendant benefit The Lustgarten Foundation’s efforts to fund world-class research aimed at earlier detection methods, improved treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer. Already, more than $75,000 has been raised through pendant sales.
Notes Mark Udell, London Jewelers CEO, “Having lost a beloved friend and valued member of the London Jewelers team, we understand well the devastating impact of pancreatic cancer. We are proud to team up with The Lustgarten Foundation in the fight against this disease, knowing that 100% of all donations to the Foundation go directly to research.” In addition to this unique pendant fundraising effort, Michael’s widow, Debbie, organized a company team for the Foundation’s 2010 Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk on Long Island. The team, Michael’s Beach Bums, stood at more than 50 strong and raised an additional $29,000.
The Lustgarten Foundation is honored to have the support of such distinguished friends for this special effort.