Kudos! – February 8, 2013

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Morgan Stanley Colorado employees contribute nearly $300,000 to charities

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Colorado Springs office donated more than $3,000 to the Waldo Canyon Fire Fighters Fund to support efforts of public and volunteer fire departments in El Paso and Teller counties. Statewide, Colorado employees contributed $289,123 last year.

Last year, Morgan Stanley was recognized as one of America’s 10 most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 survey — the first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business, according to a survey by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light.

In 2011, Morgan Stanley provided service and support to more than 12,000 community organizations, including more than $80 million in employee and Morgan Stanley donations and more than 21,000 employees volunteering during its Global Volunteer Month in June. The Firm’s civic engagement programs delivered more than 440,000 hours of volunteer service. These efforts include the annual Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge, a pro bono consulting initiative that pairs top talent at the firm with nonprofits to solve strategic issues.

Gilded Artisan jewelers recognized for top designs

Ring designs by Charles Neugebauer, master jeweler, and Darla Alvarez, graduate jeweler, of the Gilded Artisan in Colorado Springs, have been recognized as two of the top 20 designs in the Palladium Alliance’s Biggest Jewelry Design Contest Ever. Their designs ranked 17th and 19th, respectively, out of more than 300 designs submitted for consideration. Each designer was required to use palladium, a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal related to platinum.

Neugebauer, a second-generation jeweler and owner of the Gilded Artisan, said, “We are really excited about the accomplishment and the validation of our hard work and creative design.”

Neugebauer’s design features a 2.65-carat princess cut diamond in the center with 3 carats of marquise diamonds creating two circles for the shank. Rubies tucked into the head served to highlight the beauty of the center stone. Alvarez chose a large south seas pearl nestled within the palladium wave of her piece, with a small round aquamarine featured in the head of the wave. “I wanted the ring to mirror the pearl’s essence as found in the sea,” she adds.

The rings will be in an around-the-world traveling display for the next year and will also be offered to celebrities for use in such events as the Emmy Awards and Oscars, among others.