Detroit-Area Charities Shine in New Tapper’s Campaign

Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry will launch Jewelry Stars Give Back, a charitable giving program that will recognize a glittering group of metro Detroiters and their favorite charitable organizations.

Known for their trendsetting fashion and jewelry choices and their outstanding community support, 12 local style icons and their charities of choice will be featured in the holiday issue of Tapper’s Accent magazine, which will be distributed on November 20 to tens of thousands of homes and promoted citywide. Accent will also be available at all three Tapper’s locations in Novi, Troy and West Bloomfield.

“In the spirit of the holiday season, we chose people who not only embrace a unique sense of style, but who also are known for giving back to the community,” says Mark Tapper, president of Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. “We asked each Jewelry Star to name a charity near and dear to his or her heart. Tapper’s will make a donation to each charity and campaign for further donations throughout the holiday season.”

Jewelry Stars Give Back will launch with a star-studded event from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 20 at Tapper’s in West Bloomfield. Jewelry Stars and guests will mix and mingle with the 11 worthy charities, helping them to further their mission.

Meet the Tapper’s 2014 Jewelry Stars and Selected Charities

Jocelyn Allen, director of regional, grassroots and diversity communications for General Motors, selected the Michigan Women’s Foundation, which is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for women and girls through philanthropy and investment.

Corissa Bakko, court reporter, has selected The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), which is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. David F. Bradley, D.D.S. at Bradley Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, supports JARC, which is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization founded in 1969 by a group of parents concerned about the future of their children with developmental disabilities.

Edward Eickhoff, vice president of development/redevelopment at Ramco Gershenson, Inc., has chosen Hospice of Michigan (HOM). Since 1980, it has been providing seriously ill patients and their families love and support when needed most.

Jill and George Hamilton have chosen Band of Angels (BOA), which is the world’s largest provider of non-medical information on Down syndrome.

Danialle Karmanos, mom, wife, writer and founder of the Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) would like to help disadvantaged local kids fight childhood obesity. With the right combination of awareness, physical activity and a healthy dose of self-esteem, childhood obesity can be prevented at DKWIO.

Christina and Sean Metrose, president of SlipNOT Metal Safety Flooring and portfolio manager and partner at DeRoy and Devereaux Private Investment Counsel, have selected the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (CSK), which is a ministry of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the mission of the organization is to tend to people’s basic needs, especially the need for food.

Nancy Rosenthal, retired religious teacher and supervisor at Temple Israel, has selected The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. The organization is working toward a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

Michael Simmons, partner at Profile Income Tax, Inc., has chosen The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI), which is a unique, urban-based integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.

Drew Smyly, a former Detroit Tigers baseball player who is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, selected two wonderful organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). MHS is a charitable 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization and is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state, caring for tens of thousands of animals each year. Smyly also selected the Detroit Tigers Foundation,  the official charity of the Detroit Tigers baseball club and is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

To kick off the campaign, Tapper’s will make a donation to each organization, plus give them the opportunity to earn an additional gift. From November 20 through December 31, the public will decide which charity receives the extra gift by voting for their favorite organization at Tapper’s stores or online at The organization that collects the most votes at the conclusion of the program will receive the bonus for their charity. An additional fundraising effort has been established for each organization where the public is invited to make additional donations.

To vote, or for more information on Tapper’s Jewelry Stars Give Back and these organizations, please visit Remember to donate this holiday season!