Inspiration and Celebration

October 26, 2008 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Last Wednesday night, we recognized the eight Hijas selected for the Circle de Luz Class of 2014 at a ceremony held in the auditorium of the high school they will attend.  Families and friends attended as well as local M’ijas and school officials.  It was an absolutely lovely night.  After remarks from members of the Circle de Luz board of directors and a representative of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club, the group who so generously funded the eighth scholarship and also sponsored the recognition ceremoney, we called each girl individually forward with a family member to sign their Letter of Commitment to Circle de Luz and they received their certificate of recognition, a Circle de Luz Class of 2014 necklace (it is the Isabella styled necklace with a tag on it that says 2014), and a flower.  The girls came forward with moms, dads, and even a big brother, and the family member put the necklace on each girl.  Jennifer Fowler, one of the Circle de Luz board members, provided a closing that summed it up best. 

 

With the holidays approaching, you are likely thinking about how to celebrate the girls and women in your lives in a meaningful and beautiful way.  We encourage you to consider the beautiful handcrafted necklaces created for Circle de Luz by artist Mary Alice Mitchell.  There are three beautiful options and all of the proceeds go to support Circle de Luz programming with the Hijas.  Each necklace is handcrafted to your order specifications and come to you packaged in a gift box with an explanatory note about Circle de Luz.  Because orders take 3-4 weeks to process, and we’re hopeful for a flurry of holiday orders, we wanted to remind you about this beautiful gift option now so that you might go ahead and place your order to receive it in plenty of time for the holidays.   

The Circle de Luz Necklaces were uniquely designed by artist Mary Alice Mitchell to benefit Circle de Luz.  Each sterling silver design on a sterling silver chain with handcrafted clasp evokes the moon and star symbolism of Circle de Luz.  Handmade at the time of your order at the length of your choice, each necklace is a unique piece of art, and all proceeds go to Circle de Luz, allowing us to provide dynamic programming for our hijas.      

 

The Isabella Necklace A simple sterling silver star floating inside a circle. $45

The Eva Necklace An organic sterling silver textured moon charm with pierced moonstones and overlay star. $65

The Sofia Necklace  A sterling silver three dimensional moon globe with a pierced star. $105

 

Want to place an order?  Complete the order form, email it to circledeluz@gmail.com at your earliest convenience so that we can place your order with our artist, and then proceed with the payment option of your choice.  Please allow 3-4 weeks from the time we receive your order for processing and delivery.

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