Kimberly’s donates to NKSC

Kimberly’s Boutique, a specialty retailer in Rockford, announced that it is presenting a $2,000 donation to North Kent Service Center (NKSC) as part of Brighton’s Feed Our Friends fundraiser. Kimberly’s Boutique was among retailers across the United States that joined with Brighton last summer in selling a limited-edition collection of semi-precious jewelry designed especially to help feed struggling Americans.

Kimberly Smith of Kimberly's Boutique presenting check to Sandi Waite of North Kent Service Center.

“To help us decide where to direct our donations, we asked retailers who participated in the fundraiser to nominate their American Heroes—people in the community who lead tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are feeding people,” said Laura Young, president of sales and marketing for Brighton, a Los Angeles-based maker of fine ladies’ accessories. “We selected North Kent Service Center from among hundreds of entries that we received because of the passion that Kimberly’s Boutique and the store’s customers showed for their work their ‘hero’ does in the community.”

Donating by design is a continuing tradition at Brighton, where founder and owner Jerry Kohl and his team of designers have created jewelry collections that have raised over $3 million for breast cancer charities and over $1 million to fight women’s heart disease. With the American Heroes collection, they focused their creative efforts on the growing number of people going hungry due to the economy.

“We all have people in our lives that we’re concerned about, so I decided to find a way we can make a difference in their lives,” Kohl said. “That’s how the American Heroes jewelry and additional Feed Our Friends programs came about.”

Known for excellent quality and broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton produces handbags, jewelry, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, luggage, fragrances and gifts which are sold in 142 Brighton Collectibles stores and over 5,000 specialty stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.brighton.com.

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