AUCTION TO BENEFIT GEORGIA NON-PROFIT ACTOR FOUNDED 20 YEARS AGO
Empowering women and young girls has always been a priority for Jane Fonda. In 1995, the two-time Oscar winner founded the non-profit group now known as Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP). At the time, Georgia had the highest teen birth rate in the nation. Two decades later, teen pregnancies statewide have dropped 50 percent, and the Atlanta-based group has expanded its mission to include nutrition and physical activity.
Fonda, who served as GCAPP’s chair of the board until 2010, remains involved in the activities of GCAPP, and is auctioning a Loree Rodkin necklace from her personal collection to benefit the nonprofit.
The Huffington Post has said Rodkin’s signature pieces are “modern, hip [and] edgy.” In addition to Fonda, aficionados include pop stars Rihanna, Beyoncé, Madonna, Cher and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore Loree Rodkin jewelry to the 2009 inaugural ball. The pieces are now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.
“This Loree Rodkin necklace is a lovely piece composed of yellow sapphire beads with diamond and orange sapphire accents,” says Jill Burgum, Heritage Auctions’ senior director of fine jewelry. “The tassel is very chic and the colors are great for the fall wardrobe.”
For her part, Fonda continues lending her celebrity to keep issues of young people front and center. “The research,” she recently told Youth Today, “tells us that the more children know about their bodies, the more responsible they’ll become.”