the Back Cover --
I once heard someone
say lightning rarely strikes twice. Five hurricanes and tropical storms
in four years – framed by the devastation of Hurricane Rita on one end
and the record storm surge flooding of Hurricane Ike on the other –
might challenge that presumption. The American Red Cross, armed with
able and ready volunteers and money from the Disaster Relief Fund, came
immediately to our aid.
This is what the American Red Cross does all across the country whenever
disaster strikes. And rarely does this organization get the thanks and
recognition deserved. “Gems to Enjoy” - the first ever Alter’s Gem
Jewelry Cookbook – was cooked up to benefit the Disaster Relief Fund.
About the time it was headed to print, we got hit just weeks apart by
Hurricane Humberto and Hurricane Ike - clearly the ingredients for a new
“Gems to Savor” was born. We again invited our customers, our staff, our
vendors and high-profile designers, elected officials and celebrities to
participate in this effort to help replenish the Disaster Relief Fund –
AND THEY DID!
Forty U. S. Governors, plus U. S. Senators and Congressmen, officials
from the State of Texas and the City of Beaumont, celebrities and
designers, all came forward to join our staff, vendors and customers.