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JEWELS OF BOCA RATON. by Jennifer C. Prasad regory Fried, well-known and respected among Flori- da jewelers for over twenty years, opened Gregory’s Fine Jewelry in May of 2005 in the Shoppes at Addison Place, across from The Morikami Museum, in Delray Beach. many others. Currently serving as the President of The Unicorn Children’s Foundation for Neuro-Diversity, Greg’s mission is to see through the eyes of the children, and, in turn, discover how to improve their lives. While Greg lives by his “dash,” many often ask about the balance between growing a small business, and staying committed to charitable endeavors. His answer: Barbara Kallen, manager and “the face” of Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, and Marcie Weisman stand firmly beside him at the helm. By taking care of clients’ needs and working alongside the charities, these dynamic women allow Greg to shine and continue to make contributions to our community that are “Simply Spectacular”! Two years after opening Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, business was booming, but Greg wasn’t satisfied; something was missing. True, being a small business owner, and offering the jewelryflorida/ exceptional personalized service he has become known for, occupied all of Greg’s time. And true, he has been completely devoted to his wife, Mary Ann. But still, his heart insisted he had more to give. Greg found his heart’s calling in charity work, and the rest is history. To understand the drive behind this gem of our community, we need look no further than the framed poem above Greg’s desk. Linda Ellis’ “The Dash” serves as the center of Greg’s call to action. The dash itself represents far more than a punctua- tion mark; instead, it is the defining mark in Greg’s life. He keeps “The Dash” close as a reminder that life is short, and what he does with the time he’s given, with his “dash,” can make a profound difference. Greg believes his purpose, simply put, is to give. Greg’s generosity extends to many local organizations including : The Tri-County Humane Society, Boca West Foundation, In Jacob’s Shoes, Jafco, Florence Fuller, Jewish Family Services, Donna Klein Jewish Acade- my, Adolf and Rose Levis JCC, and