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Event benefits Diamond Empowerment Fund


New York--The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) hosted a “Raffle for Education” at the W hotel in South Beach, Miami, during the American Gem Society’s Conclave last month, benefitting the organization’s educational endeavors in African diamond-producing nations.

The raffle, part of DEF’s Conclave party “Diamonds at the W,” saw attendance from Morris Peterson, shooting guard for the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team and part of DEF’s Athletes for Africa ambassador program, which aims to raise awareness of the organization’s mission and beneficiaries.

“I wanted to show my support for the DEF’s mission of empowering the next generation of leaders in Africa through education,” Peterson said. “Through my own efforts of empowering youth in the Flint, Michigan, area with my own organization, The Mo Pete Foundation, I know how important it is for youth to develop positive attitudes and goals so they can grow to be responsible, productive citizens of the world.”

Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Morris Peterson with DEF Angel Ambassador Rahma M. at the Diamonds at the W party in South Beach, Miami.

DEF’s beneficiaries include CIDA City Campus, a business college in Johannesburg, South Africa, that is free to attendees with the requirement that they return to their native villages and teach for a period of time after graduation. African Leadership Academy, another beneficiary, is a university prep school also in Johannesburg that draws students from all countries in Africa and emphasizes leadership skills, African history and entrepreneurial skills.

The Botswana Top Achievers, a third beneficiary of DEF, selects the top high school students countrywide in Botswana and provides them with the opportunity to study at a university of their choice anywhere in the world. Graduates return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development.

Part of the proceeds from the Raffle for Education benefitted Jewelers for Children.