Story One: Debbie Cohn worked in a small book store in Wayzata, Minnesota called The Bookcase. She read The Necklace and her world changed. She was inspired to connect with her community. She single handedly, put on an Event at the book store to raise money for The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer (www.hopechest.us to read more). Debbie sent out invitations to everyone in town, she received gift bags from 12 local stores which she passed out to the 200 people who attended (and it was a cold Snowy night). A local winery supplied the wine, She partnered with the local jewelry store, Graham Jewelers, selling raffle tickets, the lucky winner would wear the diamond necklace (similar to the Jewelia necklace) for an evening of their choice. The event raised over $2,000.00 for The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. The invitation to the event was sent to us by our publisher, Random House, when I read it, the women said “Joni, you have to go”. I lived in Minnesota as a young girl, still in contact with my kindergarten girl friends, Jill & Heidi. The next day, I called my friends, bought a ticket and went on a wonderful adventure. I hadn’t been back to Minnesota in 30 years, Jill & Heidi took me back to the house I grew up in, and I re-connected to old friends and attended the Event. Debbie has become a good friend to me and soon all the WOJ will meet her in February. Debbie is flying out to Palm Springs (her father spends the winter there) to hear us speak at the Rancho Mirage Library.

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I remember the day when "Jewelia" was just a possibility! Look how far she's come and how many lives have been inspired...I'm still in awe
all these years later. - Stephanie O.