Jeweler raises $40,000 for multiple sclerosis research

Published: January 31, 2006 | 3403rd good news item since 2003

For about $41,000, you could buy a nice engagement ring or yellow diamond at Albert’s Diamond Jewelers.

But that’s the amount the Schererville store helped raise to fund multiple sclerosis research last year.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society collected a check Monday for the store’s 2005 earnings. The check, at more than $40,000, is the largest amount Albert’s has given to the group in one year.

“We’ve made it our charity of choice to really help out the best we can,” Albert’s co-owner Josh Halpern said.

MS is an incurable neurological disease that can be tamed with drugs, and Albert’s has long supported research to find a cure.

The store held an auction in November with about 120 donated items such as bracelets and Chicago Cubs tickets. Store owner Fred Halpern ran in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in September to raise money.

Fred Halpern’s wife, Donna, has lived with MS for more than 30 years.

Through its various activities and personal staff contributions, Albert’s has donated more than $80,000 in the past three years, estimated Dawn Czarnik, community development manager for the National MS Society.

“We’re benefitting greatly from their support,” Czarnik said. “I am constantly in awe of their generosity.”

Halpern expressed gratitude to his “caring, giving” customers and business associates for their support in the store’s fund-raising.

“I hope this year we can give even more,” Josh Halpern said.

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