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Chester Jewelry Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary; Gives Back To Two Local Groups

Five years ago Paula A. Warner of Chester opened Paula’s Fine Jewelry with the goal of becoming the region’s family jewelry store where customers could find jewelry and keepsakes to mark special occasions as well provide “me-gifts” for customers to treat themselves. Her vision also included becoming part of the fabric of the community by supporting local charities.

This tradition of giving back continued as Ms. Warner celebrated the fifth anniversary of the store’s opening with her customers and local business groups: Chesapeake Women’s Network, Queen Anne’s County Chapter; Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce; and Business Queen Anne’s, as well as two local organizations, Cancer Comfort Angels, Chester, Md., and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, Md.

For the past five years Ms. Warner has not only operated a reputable and successful business, but also has emerged as a community leader active in numerous philanthropic and volunteer efforts. Her activities include: the Queen Anne’s County United Way where she is currently completing her term as president; Hospice of Queen Anne’s, where she has served on the 2012 Gala Committee as well as a sponsor for the event; and Bosom Buddies Ball, where she served on the event committee and as a corporate sponsor.

Paula’s Fine Jewelry also supports Adopt-A-Bear; numerous animal advocacy groups throughout the county, as well as Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center and Cancer Comfort Angels, just to name a few.

“This community is filled with so many worthy charitable organizations. It has been my privilege to do whatever I can to support local charities through corporate sponsorships and donations,” says Ms. Warner. “These past five years flew by quickly. I’d like to sincerely thank my many customers and friends who celebrate their special events by purchasing jewelry and gifts from Paula’s Fine Jewelry,” she adds.

Opened in spring 2007, Paula’s Fine Jewelry, 1607 Postal Road, Chester, is a full service family jewelry specializing in jewelry, keepsakes and gifts for the whole family. The store carried certified diamonds, sterling silver, convertible and bead bracelets, diamond & gemstone jewelry, pearls and designer jewelry. Services include custom jewelry design, jewelry repair done on premises, watch battery service and appraisals by appointment.

Paula Warner is a Maryland native and resident of Chester, Maryland. She earned a graduate diploma in diamonds from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where she also completed extensive studies in colored gemstones. She is a member of Jewelers of America, the Retail Jewelers Organization, Chesapeake Women’s Network, Queen Anne’s County Chapter; Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, Business Queen Anne’s; and the Chesapeake Republican Women.

In photo: Joining Paula Warner for a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony are: Merry Tobin, left, realtor and co-owner of Chesapeake Real Estate Associates, LLC, and past chairman and member, Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce; Camille O’Donnell, second from right, realtor with O’Donnell Properties and president of Business Queen Anne’s; and Eileen Nonemaker, right, director of advertising sales at What’s Up Media. Ms. Tobin is also a board member and chair of the auction committee of Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) and Ms. Nonemaker is a member of CBEC’s auction committee.

In photo above: Paula A. Warner, center, makes a cash and material donation to Cancer Comfort Angels as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of Paula’s Fine Jewelry, 1607 Postal Road, Chester. Founded by Laurie Rasinski of Chester, second from right, Cancer Comfort Angels is a faith-based program that provides a comfort kit for those dealing with cancer and the effects of treatment. Each kit includes a handmade blanket, a cross, words of prayer to let the patient know he or she is not alone, and a small poem to offer inspiration and hope beyond the clinical prognosis. Pictured with Ms. Rasinski and Ms. Warner are: Cancer Comfort Angel board members: Connie Beasley of Chester, left; Linda Aus of Chester, second from left; and Kim Garvey of Queenstown, right.

In photo: Paula A. Warner, center, donates a portion of the proceeds from her Fifth Anniversary Open House & Sale to Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CEBC). Accepting the check are: Merry Tobin, left, CBEC board member and chair of the auction committee and Eileen Nonemaker, member of CBEC’s auction committee. Founded in 1979, CBEC is a private, non-profit, 510-acre preserve whose mission is to promote stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration. In 2008, CBEC opened a LEED certified arts and education facility which serves as a teaching tool on sustainable building practices, a model for green living on Eastern Shore, a resource center for developers engaging in smart growth and a portal for visitors to admire the local culture through rotating art exhibits.

Volunteer of the Week: Paula Warner and United Way offer Variety of Assistance to Queen Anne’s County

By Avra Sullivan

Meet Paula Warner. Many may know her from her jewelry store in Kent Island, Paula’s Fine Jewelry. What some may not know is her heavy involvement with the United Way. Her volunteer work began years ago in Wisconsin where she used to live. Upon moving here, she “connected with some great ladies who encouraged me to volunteer” and has been volunteering locally since 2007. She recently finished up a term as President of the Queen Anne’s County United Way and sits on several committees. Paula says that awareness is one of the key benefits the United Way offers. “Many people aren’t ware of the services that are available to them”, says Paula. The Queen Anne’s County chapter works with 26 local organizations that help meet a variety of needs in the community. They assist in helping the elderly as well as children, support local food banks, meet the needs of those with epilepsy, work with adult day care and even help with animals in need. They host many events throughout the year and this summer, they will host a Golf Tournament on June 15th in Queenstown.

United Way of Queen Anne’s County was established in 1990 in response to public requests for an agency to coordinate community service organizations. They offer ample opportunities for volunteer assistance to the community. Person interested in serving with the Queen Anne’s United Way should call 410-643-6288. They can also visit them at www. Unitedwayqac.org or look them up on Facebook for detailed information on volunteering and upcoming events.

Bosom Buddies Charities Offers 100 Chances To Win Beautiful Diamonds From Paula’s Fine Jewelry

Paula’s Fine Jewelry on Kent Island has once again donated one of four high value pieces of jewelry to be raffled to just 100 ticket holders at the Bosom Buddies Ball on January 21st. The appraised value of the pieces range from $4,000 to $9,850. Proceeds from the raffle and the Ball will benefit Bosom Buddies Charities .

Pieces can be viewed and purchased at the jewelry store located at 1607 Postal Road in Chester. Tickets are priced at $100 each and can also be purchased at Rustico Restaurant and Club One.

The pieces included in the raffle are an 18 karat gold diamond ring valued at $4,000, a 14 karat gold diamond necklace valued at $9,850, a 14 karat gold heart shaped pendant valued at $8,600 and a pair of 18 karat white gold earrings valued at $6,150. The lucky winner will choose their favorite piece and do not need to be present to win.

Paula Warner has been a generous contributor to Bosom Buddies Charities in the past and is now a member of the committee for the 2012 Ball. Committee co-chair, Biana Arentz says, “Paula has always been a supporter of Bosom Buddies and we are thrilled that she is once again donating one of these valuable pieces for our raffle”.

Paula Warner, owner of Paula’s Fine Jewelry, is this year’s winner of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Business awarded by the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce. Her shop has been offering fine jewelry on Kent Island since 1987 and has been named the Best of the Eastern Shore each year since 2008. Last year the winner of the Jewelry Raffle won a 1.5 Karat diamond pendant from Paula’s shop appraised at over $10,000.

In the past five years Bosom Buddies Charities has raised over $1 million for breast cancer. The annual Bosom Buddies Ball includes a delicious meal, a top-notch band and lots of dancing at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Tickets for the ball are available at www.bosombuddiescharities.com.

Chester Business Supports Community Foundation

Paula A. Warner, left, owner of Paula’s Fine Jewelry, 1607 Postal Road, Chester, recently made a donation to the Foundation for Community Partnerships, Centreville, a community foundation with 66 funds representing charitable groups in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Accepting the check is the Foundation chief financial officer Linda M. Kohler. The donation represented a portion of the sales from a one-day promotion held recently. Ms. Warner is a board member of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, Business Queen Anne’s, and Chesapeake Women’s Network. For more information, please call Paula’s Fine Jewelry at (410) 643-8040 or visit www.paulasfinejewelry.com.

Local Jewelry Store is Exclusive Queen Anne’s County Merchant for WCEI’s Angel of Hope

Often the meaning of the holiday season becomes clouded by commercialism and the stress of trying to accomplish too much in too little time. It is always refreshing when commercialism and the spirit of giving from the heart come together in a way that truly honors the holiday.

Paula’s Fine Jewelry, 1607 Postal Road, Chester, will be doing just that on Saturday, December 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as it hosts its annual open house and sale, featuring the launch of phase II of WCEI radio’s “Angels of Hope” program. From 10 a.m. to noon WCEI radio will do a special remote at the store with a WCEI/WINX on-air personality. As the exclusive Queen Anne’s County merchant location Paula’s Fine Jewelry will accept unwrapped gifts for Queen Anne’s County families in need from now until December 17.

During the promotion residents can log onto the WCEI website at www.wceiradio.com and click on the “Angels of Hope” link to see the items requested for the family in their county. Items are then dropped off at the exclusive participating merchant for that county. As one family’s list is completed, the next family’s list is posted on the website until the conclusion of the program on December 17. Phase one of the program was a food collection to help food banks serve families in Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline counties.

In addition to the radio station remote, the December 5 open house will also feature special discounts and holiday merchandize as well as light refreshments.

“For me being a part of the business community means demonstrating my commitment to area residents in a tangible way,” says Paula A. Warner, owner of Paula’s Fine Jewelry. “Many local families are struggling just to make ends meet this year. It is important that each of us do what we can to help out,” she adds. For more information on the “Angels of Hope” program, call (410) 643-8040 or visit Paula’s Fine Jewelry.

Opened in spring 2007, Paula’s Fine Jewelry, 1607 Postal Road, Chester, is a full service family jewelry store specializing in jewelry, keepsakes and gifts for the whole family. The jewelry selection includes LeStage Convertible bracelets, bead charms (compatible with all bead bracelets), certified diamonds, sterling silver, charms, diamond & gemstone jewelry, pearls and designer jewelry. Services include custom jewelry design, layaway, jewelry repair done on premises, watch battery service and appraisals by appointment.

Paula Warner is an avid community supporter of numerous local philanthropic events and non-profit organizations including Adopt-A-Bear, the Bosom Buddy Ball, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Chesapeake Cats & Dogs, the Black Tie White Boots Affair of the Queen Anne’s Chamber of Commerce, Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Adopt-A-Pet, and the Nickelby Project. In addition, Paula’s Fine Jewelry is a Business of Character for the Queen Anne’ County Character Counts program.

Ms. Warner is a board member of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, and a member of the Chesapeake Women’s Network, Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, Business Queen Anne’s and the Republican Women of Queen Anne’s County. Her professional memberships include the Jewelers of America, the Retail Jewelers Organization and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).