Dr. Peter Stavrianidis, the principal of Venus Jewelers, presented Frank Hasner, CEO of The Franklin Food Bank a check in the amount of $600.  The money was raised through a holiday campaign called “Round Up For Hunger” where clients were given an opportunity to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar amount from November 23rd through December 15th. Venus Jewelers pledged to match all donations with the goal of helping provide traditional holiday meals to Franklin Township families for the holidays. Forty dollars provides a healthy holiday meal for six, including turkey and traditional fixings.

All who donated were given entry into a giveaway for a $1000 diamond pendant in gratitude for their donation. A winner was drawn at random on Dec 17, 2018. Elizabeth Thomas of Somerset, NJ was the lucky winner. Mrs. Thomas was so excited she won as she is a great lover of diamonds. “Diamonds are my thing,” she said, “it’s my birthstone, so it’s perfect.”

Dr. Stavrianidis said, “The generosity of clients and friends during the holiday is so heartwarming.  Many were all too eager to donate knowing that their efforts would be doubled with our donation match. We are so pleased we could partner with The Franklin Food Bank again.”

The Franklin Food Bank provides food for 1,823 Franklin Families including 1,935 children and 383 seniors over the course of a year. The Franklin Food Bank is a private, 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information on the Franklin Food Bank, please visit their website –

Venus Jewelers is a fourth-generation family-owned business that has been in operation for thirty-nine years at its present location in Somerset, New Jersey. Venus is known for its vast designer bridal selection, custom-design work, repair services, as direct diamond importers, and was voted Courier News’ “Best of the Best” Jewelers, Somerset County in 2018.