This month is Product Development Manager Lisette Espinosa's charity of choice, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Her husband, John, inspired her to choose the charity because of his involvement in and appreciation for the program.
"He has been with his little brother Angel for four and a half years," Lisette Espinosa said. "Just seeing the benefits Angel's had with having my husband, John, in his life … it can be really life changing for these kids. He gets a lot out of it and I think Angel does as well."
Her design is an is an 18-karat gold-plated necklace with two hammered disks — a little and a big one — symbolically representing the relationships formed with the charity.
Jason Reidel, Gorjana's husband and chief executive of the company, thought involving the employees was a logical step.
"We want them to feel invested in the company," he said. "It's one thing to say as a company we donated $5,000 to this charity, but we felt it was important to give them the opportunity to donate to the charity of their choice. It's their cause. It's what matters to them."
They also decided to host a charitable event each quarter. Right now the theme is animals, and they're celebrating with Bowling Because at Bowlmor Lanes in Tustin. All the proceeds will go to the Best Friends Animal Society.
With the natural disaster that shook the world last week, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Jason Reidel couldn't sit still.
On Friday, all proceeds from gorjana's sales will go to Kids in Distressed Situations (KIDS). The nonprofit is helping relief efforts in Japan by donating supplies and clothing.
"We just look at the social responsibility. We're very fortunate," Jason Reidel said. "We've grown each year we've been in business. We've been put in this position and we should give back."
All sales are done at gorjana.com. However, many boutiques sell their products such as Basics on Balboa Island.
How To Help
Events: "Bowling Because" Best Friends Animal Society fundraiser at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bowlmor Lanes at the District in Tustin
Products: gorjana charity jewelry gives a donation to causes such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Contact: For information about donations or events, call gorjana at (949) 715-0723 ext. 3 or visit gorjana.com