Hertz Jewelers Grand Opening.

Dresses by Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale students being showcased in the new Hertz Jewelry

Dresses by Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale students being showcased in the new Hertz Jewelry

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On Friday, May 6, students from Ai’s Fashion Honors Group
participated in a very unique event.
Hertz Jewelers opened its third retail location in Boynton Beach, and
decided to combine its grand opening celebration with a fête paying
tribute to military veterans.

Owner Scott Hertz has always had a passion for honoring
America’s heroes, thus began working with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc., a
nationally-recognized organization founded by Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar that
sends care package and love to despondent soldiers fighting for our
freedom.

Hertz recently copyrighted the acronym H.A.V.E., which
stands for Help A Veteran Everyday.
Thus, the Hertz Jewelers Grand Opening & Inaugural H.A.V.E.
Fundraising Gala was set into motion.

The Art Institute’s Fashion Honors Group supplied the event
with five models wearing black cocktail dresses made by fashion design students
as a backdrop for Hertz’s jewelry designs to be worn by the models as
well.  The group also planned and
executed the event from top to bottom.

As the evening came to a close, Scott Hertz generously
provided each of the volunteers with a $100 gift certificate for all of their
hard work.  The evening was a complete
success and left everyone feeling wonderful for helping a truly great cause.

Special thanks to Scott Hertz and Moe Ginsberg for providing
our students with the opportunity to participate in the event; to John Oldham,
Community Relations Manager for the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc., for
helping students set up the event; to Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar for reminding us
to respect our military heroes; to Flower Market for providing the event with
beautiful floral centerpieces; to Alesandra Salon & Spa and Hot Heads Salon
for spending precious time on free updos and manicures; to the New York Pizza
Department for catering the event with a delicious spread;

Also, thanks to Jillian Wojciechowski for planning the event
on Scott’s behalf; to Eider Bermudez, Kahini Chandriani, Tiffany Azmouz, Bri
Sharpe, and Haley Walker for being beautiful models; to designers José
Echegaray, Dalya Vidal, Sarah Perry, and Mitchell Perry for providing us with
their gorgeous cocktail dress designs; to Trisha Joseph, Dianna Black, Hawa
Serry, Tenille Daly, Desireé Rogacki, and Elisa Santiago and to Mr. West and
Ms. T. for all of your encouragement, support, and leadership.

by Jillian Wojciechowski