High school senior partners with local company on ‘Hopeful Wishes’


North Smithfield student Angela Pasquariello has partnered with ZekeStringer Jewelry in Johnston for her senior project, creating a specially designed charity bracelet to help the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Angela chose to help the MDA after hearing a recent Pilgrim High School graduate, with muscular dystrophy, speak about muscle disease at her Fall DECA conference. She reached out to the owners of ZekeStringer Jewelry, Dennis and Debra Garzone, and got to work on her design.

The bracelet is a bangle with a rhinestone on one end and a star-shaped rhinestone on the other.

“I wanted to incorporate a star into the design, because I envisioned them as shooting stars people could make wishes on,” Angela said. “Muscular dystrophy is a terrible disease and I wanted to help in some way.”

In line with the shooting star theme, Angela has named them “Hopeful Wishes Bracelets.” They are selling for $32, and 20 percent of the proceeds are being donated to the local MDA. Angela has sold 60 bracelets in the short time they have been available, raising over $350 for the MDA so far. She has created a Facebook page with over 120 followers, to promote her project.

If anyone would like to purchase a Hopeful Wish Bracelet, they can message her at Angela’s Senior Project on Facebook or email her at angelasseniorproject@yahoo.com

The local chapter for the MDA is based in Warwick. It is a non-profit health organization that researches 43 neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The monies raised will help Rhode Islanders who have muscular dystrophy with assistance in repairs of wheelchairs, support group sessions, clinic visits, summer camp tuition, and of course, the hope provided by extensive medical research.


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