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Jewelers for Children Announces 2024 Facets of Hope; Brad Hampton and the Corey Family to Be Honored

“Brad, Jeff, Kathy and Joe, clearly exemplify the best of Jewelers for Children and their commitment to our success is unmatched.”




Corey family: Jeff, Kathy and Joe. | Brad Hampton
Corey family: Jeff, Kathy and Joe. | Brad Hampton

(PRESS RELEASE) On Sunday June 2, 2024 Jewelers for Children will celebrate its annual Facets of Hope event at the Venetian Resort Hotel Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, NV.

Brad Hampton, the CEO of Helzberg Diamonds and the Corey family, Jeff, Kathy and Joe, of Day’s Jewelers will be honored. The charity will also announce the success of their fundraising efforts for the year and announce the donations they are pledging to their charity partners.

“Brad, Jeff, Kathy and Joe, clearly exemplify the best of Jewelers for Children and their commitment to our success is unmatched.” said Jeffrey Cohen, JFC Board Chair. “With their headlining the Facets of Hope event in 2024, it will prove to be one of our most successful events in our history.”

The event will be held in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and food. A brief program will be held where the honorees are recognized, followed by dessert.

Full details on sponsorship opportunities for the event can be found at the JFC website, Options for all different levels of donations are available, including tribute ads and tickets to the event.

Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of enriching the lives of children. Since its inception, JFC has raised more than $61 million for programs enhancing the lives of children through our charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A-Wish America, and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to Make-A-Wish International and the Organization for Autism Research.


About Brad Hampton
Brad Hampton is the Chief Executive Officer of Helzberg Diamonds, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Helzberg Diamonds is owned by Berkshire Hathaway and has a nationwide omnichannel retail presence. Before stepping up to the CEO role, Brad served as Helzberg’s Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, and lead strategist for five years.

Prior to joining Helzberg Diamonds, Brad held executive financial roles with Sprint Corporation, including Business Unit CFO, Investor Relations Officer, and head of Financial Planning and Analysis. He also previously worked in Finance at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Brad serves as a director on the board for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas and President of the board of trustees for Center Place Restoration School. He previously was a Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City board member.

Brad holds an MBA from LeTourneau University and degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico, an Executive Leadership Certificate from Duke University, and an Executive Education Certificate from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

About the Corey family
The Corey family has deep roots in Maine and in Day’s Jewelers. Jeff and Kathy started their own jewelry store in 1984. In 1988, they along with Jeff’s brother, purchased the Day’s Jewelers chain, an eight store, 75-year-old business. Their son Joe joined them in business in 2006.

In 2021, the Corey’s helped create an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that allowed ownership of Day’s to move to its employees. Today, Joe serves as president and Jeff and Kathy serve on the board of directors, with Jeff serving as chair.


Jeff, Kathy and Joe have always been active in their communities where they do business and in the jewelry industry. Under the ownership of the Corey’s, Day’s was recognized as a Best Place to Work in Maine for multiple years, the Retailer of the Year in 2016 by the Retail Association of Maine, and in 2019, Day’s was recognized with the Large Business Award by the Institute for Family-Owned Business of Maine.

Jeff served as Treasurer and President of the Downtown Waterville Business Association and he was among the original founders of the Taste of Waterville and served as the chairman for many years. He is also a past director and chairman of the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce. Jeff was inducted into Husson University’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Jeff is a past president of the Maine Jeweler’s Association, a long-standing member of the JCK Las Vegas Show Advisory board and was induced into the National Jeweler Hall of Fame in 2000. He served for eight years on the Jewelers of America board of directors and the Jewelers for Children board, as well as the De Beers/Forevermark Advisory Council and is currently a director on the Jeweler’s Board of Trade board.

Kathy holds a BS in Nursing and joined Jeff when they purchased Day’s. She has served on a dozen boards, including the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, the State of Maine’s Main Street Program, the Waterville Recreational and Arts Cultural Center, the Kennebec Community College Foundation and is currently serving on the Northern Light Health Board and Diamonds Do Good.

Kathy has also received many recognitions including the Elias Joseph Award for Chamber Service by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, the Woman of the Year award from the Business and Professional Women’s Organization, Retailer of the Year for the State of Maine by the Retail Association of Maine, and the Corporate Award for Excellence by the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Before playing a leading role in developing the ESOP, and assuming the role of president, Joe, who holds a BS in Business Management, served in a number of roles at Day’s, including V.P. of Store Operations, Store Manager, Assistant Manager, and Service Specialist. He also serves on a number of boards including Jewelers for Children, the Jewelers of America, the Jewelry Industry Coalition and the JCK Show Advisory Board.


In 2014, Day’s celebrated 100 years in business and raised over $100,000 for Jewelers for Children, involving all of their employees and the local communities where their stores and customers are located.



When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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