Local jeweler making an impact for sick children

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

If you are still looking for a gift for a special lady, a local jewelry designer has come up with a necklace that also gives back to sick children.

Ali Oesch is well known locally for her jewelry designs and has a special place in her heart for Riley Hospital for Children.

Oesch had a brother who was a Riley child many years ago, so she and her mom, Connie, who works alongside her, are passionate about the cause.

"We feel like Riley is such a great organization, they don't turn anyone away," said Oesch. "They help everyone in need and they give you hope when you really have none."

A few years ago Oesch starting designing necklaces for St. Mary's College's annual Riley Dance Marathon to benefit Riley.

The idea took off, so this year Riley asked her to work with survivor, Clare Scheller, who before her freshman year in college found out she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“Every year we do a special necklace with the dance marathon and one year Riley contacted us and asked us if we would work with Clare and if we would come up with a special design for her,” said Oesch. “The chain is silver, the heart is sterling silver, the crystal is a Swarovski and it's a fresh water pearly.”

The necklace is $30, and this week Oesch will donate 75 percent of the profits to Riley kids.

If you are interested in buying one of these beautiful necklaces for Christmas, we have a link to both Ali's website and Riley's website.

Or, you can donate to Riley's The Gift Of Hope Happens Here year-end campaign.

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