Kazanjian Foundation Jewels for Charity Auction Hosted on Ebay Giving Works to Benefit Post-Katrina Recovery During Wynton Marsalis’ Katrina Anniversary Commemoration

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Marsalis returns to New Orleans for three days of tribute events to commemorate Hurricane Katrina and help support the cultural infrastructure of a city devastated one year ago. Donated treasures from Jewels for Charity Hollywood Collection owned by notables such as Howard Hughes, Clark Gable, Eva Gabor and other prominent families are available for online charitable auction to benefit New Orleans’ recovery. The auction is one of several organized events commemorating Hurricane Katrina and contributing to the cause of rebuilding and perpetuating the American cultural economy, including “New Orleans: Rebuilding the Soul of America…One Year Later,” featuring live performances by Stevie Wonder, Marsalis and his septet, Dr. John, The New Orleans Social Club and Gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and Kim Burrell.

The Kazanjian Foundation, the charitable arm of the prominent jewelry company Kazanjian Bros., Inc., today announced the Jewels for Charity auction hosted on eBay Giving Works to raise funds in conjunction with the Wynton Marsalis’ Celebrate Jazz: Rebuilding the Soul of America Hurricane Katrina commemorative events sponsored by Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. The events are coordinated to support the cultural infrastructure of a city devastated one year ago.

The charity auction will begin Aug. 22 and runs through September 1. The collection is available for viewing online at http://www.ebay.com/jewelsforcharity. The collection also will be on display at Adler’s Jewelry New Orleans, 722 Canal Street, beginning on Monday, and at Harrah’s Casino Aug. 27-29.

The auction and events benefit Rebuild the Soul of America Charitable Trust (RSOA), an independent not-for-profit entity focusing its efforts on rebuilding the cultural economy in America by supporting civic life, musicians and the integrated arts, and creating awareness of the critical role of the American Cultural community.

Co-produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis and Lisa Marie Hoggs, Marsalis returns to New Orleans for a series of events that includes a concert, a talent search contest featuring performances by Marsalis and local talent from the Mississippi Delta, and a free jazz and culinary event featuring Emeril Lagasse and Marsalis welcoming back the school children of New Orleans.

The Foundation is offering 57 pieces from its exquisite Jewels for Charity Hollywood Collection of prized jewelry formerly owned and worn by Hollywood’s classic A-list notables including Clark Gable, Howard Hughes and Eva Gabor.

To provide additional promotional awareness for the eBay auction, The Kazanjian Foundation will exhibit its Jewels for Charity Hollywood Collection in the High Limit Gaming area at the Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the venue’s corporate sponsor. The rare and unique Collection also showcases jewelry from such notables as Howard Hughes, the diamond tiara that Madonna wore at her wedding, the diamond-and-sapphire pocket watch that Clark Gable carried, and jewelry donated by other prominent families. The Collection features other significant consigned jewelry pieces that add impact and saleability.

“Our goal is to make a difference in our world, and perhaps help people live better lives, “said Michael Kazanjian, president of the Kazanjian Foundation. “With this commitment in our hearts, I am pleased to be a part of this inspiring educational music event celebrating the legacy of jazz, while at the same time offering people an opportunity through the auction to purchase fine jewelry and help those in need.”

Appearing at the Aug. 29 benefit concert “New Orleans: Rebuilding the Soul of America…One Year Later” is Grammy Award-winning artist Stevie Wonder, whose latest album, A Time 2 Love, features his hit single “Shelter in the Rain,” which he produced last fall and dedicated to New Orleans. Marsalis narrates “Shelter in the Rain” for the blind in the song’s music video.

The Rebuilding the Soul of America concert also has tapped Earth, Wind and Fire, touring this summer to promote the band’s 23rd career album, Illumination, and New Orleans-native and Grammy-award winner Dr. John. The concert also showcases the talent of Gospel music’s hottest artists: Grammy Award-winning Gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary, Grammy Award-winning Gospel crossover artist Kirk Franklin and Houston native and Grammy Award-nominee Kim Burrell.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit: http://www.celebratejazz.org/

“We’re very grateful that the Kazanjian Foundation has stepped forward to help in our efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” Marsalis said. “We know the recovery will take years and will be contingent upon the efforts and resources of world citizens, corporate leaders and humanitarians.”

Most of the targeted areas for grant funding are in line with Marsalis’ role as co-chairman of the Cultural Committee of the Mayor of New Orleans’ Bring New Orleans Back Commission. Additional information also is available online at http://www.celebratejazz.org and http://www.rsoatrust.org.

About The Kazanjian Foundation (http://www.jewelsforcharity.org)

The Kazanjian Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, was established in 1957 to support scientific, artistic, cultural and other worthy causes. The Beverly Hills-based Foundation emphasizes programs for disadvantaged and underprivileged youth, and also provides scholarships for promising inner-city youths. The Kazanjian Foundation underwrites all costs and expenses incurred in the sale of any donated jewelry so that 100 percent of the proceeds go to charity. In the past, charities liquidated fine jewelry at wholesale rates, usually ten to twenty cents on the dollar. Jewels for Charity enables individuals and charities to obtain full fair market value for donated jewelry and receive the highest tax deduction permitted by law.

Headquartered at 9489 Dayton Way, Suite 300, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Tel: 310.278.0811; Fax: 310.275.0713 or visit http://www.jewelsforcharity.org.

Media Contacts:

Kristin Gabriel

MarCom Associates for Jewels for Charity

Tel: 323.650.2838

or

Karen Hales

Deveney Communication

Tel: 504.949.3999

NOTE: This story appeared Sat. on CNN-TV, and again 8/22/06 at the link below:

http://abc26.trb.com/news/wgno-celebrityjewelry82206,0,6581190.story?coll=wgno-news-1

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