The Children’s Center Announces Eighth Annual Jewelry Luncheon to Support Early Childhood Mental Health in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – February 18, 2021 – The Children’s Center, a Utah-based nonprofit offering mental health services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families, announced its 8th annual Jewelry Luncheon that will be held virtually on Thursday, March 4 from 12-1 pm.

The Children’s Center’s annual Jewelry Luncheon is a community event that was founded by Helen Cardon in 2013. When Cardon’s mother passed away in 1992, she left behind a cache of fabulous jewelry that she wanted to be put to good use. The luncheon auctions off a collection of jewelry donated to the center throughout the year from generous community members looking to support the impactful work that The Children’s Center achieves. The event has grown to include thousands of pieces of donated jewelry and has raised more than $500,000 for The Children’s Center during the past several years.

"Watching the jewelry luncheon continue to grow during the past few years has been amazing,” said Cardon. “We are so lucky to have The Children's Center in our community. It’s their services, education, and nurturing that have given children and their families the chance to get mental health services they need. I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with The Children's Center Utah and to help support this important mission. My mother would be so pleased to see what sprung out of her jewelry box!"

The Children’s Center provides services to children and families throughout the Salt Lake Valley and the state of Utah, assisting approximately 2,000 families annually. Due in part to the fundraising efforts throughout the year such as the luncheon, the center is able to continue providing quality treatment for all those in need, regardless of financial ability.

“Like never before, we need to rise as leaders to spread awareness and educate the state on the importance of early childhood mental health,” said Rebecca Dutson, president and CEO of The Children’s Center. “I am beyond grateful for the donors and those who participate to help us support children and families throughout the state, and to our team who works tirelessly.”

This year’s fundraising goal is $100,000. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Center and their efforts to continue to move the mark of early children’s mental health upward and educate Utahns on its importance.  

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About The Children’s Center

Established in 1962, The Children’s Center is the only organization in Utah and the Mountain West offering trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment for very young children and their families. The Children’s Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. As the regional experts in children’s mental health, The Children’s Center offers individual and family therapy for mental and behavioral health challenges faced by young children, as well as treatment for trauma exposure and programs for children diagnosed with autism. For more information, visit