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‘Star Child’ necklace to shine spotlight on child abuse
Friday, March 1, 2013 |
- PHOTO BY JOSEPH VASQUEZ Jeweler Sir Zoltan David, left, displays the Star Child pendant that he designed for the CASAblanca Gala and Benefit Auction on March 2 with inspiration from Rhonda Chandler, CASA gala chair and volunteer, and Callie Langford, CASA marketing manager.
By Joseph Vasquez
Jewelry designer Sir Zoltan David will unveil a star with a story at the CASAblanca Gala and Benefit Auction on March 2 at Hyatt Regency in Austin.
The unique Star Child piece, valued at $18,000, features a pendant made with palladium, 24-karat gold with a collection of rare diamonds surrounding a perfect pearl on high-end stainless steel and gold plated strings.
Inspired by the Nativity Star depicted in the New Testament as a sign that led the three wise men to the birthplace of Jesus Christ, David created the sparkling masterpiece to embody the mission of CASA Travis as advocates of defenseless children.
The jewelry piece will be the highlight of the CASAblanca auction, organizers said.
“The Star Child is truly a special piece for me,” said David, who has a Hill Country Galleria store. “It took a few months for the entire piece to come together. I’m proud of the final outcome and the message it conveys.”
Volunteers at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County volunteers speak in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.
Rhonda Chandler, a five-year CASA volunteer and gala chairwoman who is a friend of David, suggested the idea for a special jewelry piece.
Chandler, who is a victim of child abuse, explained that his contribution to CASA will make a huge difference in the lives of the most vulnerable among society.
“I was abused as a child, and no one was there to protect me,” Chandler shared. “God put it in my heart to protect children. I did not know when or how this would happen, but then I found CASA, and now I’m able to protect children.”
She said the agency’s mission ties in perfectly with her goals to help children.
“CASA is an amazing supportive and encouraging partner,” Chandler said. “They have never failed to come up alongside me to help me do what I need to do for the kids.”
The gala also will feature a gourmet dinner, casino gaming tables and a wine pull. The black-tie affair will honor the Topfer Family Foundation. Tickets are available for $200 per person and may be purchased online at casatravis.org/events/casablanca.
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