Collection at Independent Jewelers Organization's national conference will provide more than 100,000 meals for needy in Texas.

Ron and Ellen Sayers of Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists in Smyrna recently attended the semi-annual conference of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) held at the luxurious Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

While there, the Sayers participated in a scrap gold donation fundraiser to benefit the North Texas Food Bank, a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 1,146 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties.

“I love that IJO has continued this tradition of ‘leaving a little of ourselves behind' in each of the communities in which we hold our conferences,” said June Sayers.

Attending members were able to completely fill a treasure chest with gold, and the proceeds will provide more than 100,000 meals to the needy in the Dallas area.

“I think it’s incredible that we, as a group of independent retail jewelers, can have such an impact on such a worthy cause, and the actual total was $25,367.81,” said Ron Sayers. “I’m very, very proud to have had the privilege of participating with my fellow members.”

IJO President and CEO Jeff Roberts said, “We chose the North Texas Food Bank as the recipient of our fundraising efforts because we feel now – more than ever before – people are really struggling.”

The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships, and last year alone distributed more than 37 million meals through its efforts.

“To know that we’ve made a difference to so many people in our host area is truly rewarding for each and every one of us who participated,” said Roberts.

While at the conference Ron and Ellen Sayers were able to see the latest in jewelry creations from more than 175 designers and diamond suppliers from all over the world.

IJO is the world’s largest jewelry buying group and Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists is the Smyrna area’s exclusive member. Buying from your local Master IJO Jeweler ensures customers receive the quality and integrity they expect and deserve.