SAN ANTONIO WOUNDED VETERAN TARA HUTCH JEWELRY DESIGNS TO DEBUT AT FAMOUS LUX, BOND & GREEN STORES IN NEW ENGLAND
SAN ANTONIO WOUNDED VETERAN TARA HUTCH JEWELRY DESIGNS TO DEBUT AT FAMOUS LUX, BOND & GREEN STORES IN NEW ENGLAND Percentage of sales will go to assist fellow wounded veterans. Work Vessels for Vets, Inc and John A Green, President of Lux, Bond & Green Jewelers are delighted to announce the retail debut of unique handcrafted jewelry designs by wounded veteran Tara Hutchinson of San Antonio, Texas. “Lux, Bond & Green is proud to be the first retailer to feature Tara Hutch Designs with one-of-a-kind exquisite gold and silver jewelry. A percentage of sales of Tara Hutch Designs will be donated to assist other wounded veterans get a new lease on life, just as Tara has received,” Green reported. “Tara Hutch Jewelry is beautifully handcrafted and special. Tara has overcome severe injuries sustained in Iraq, resulting in amputation of her leg and other wounds. She has not let this stop her, and she has become a master goldsmith,” said Green. “Lux, Bond & Green is thrilled to feature her work for sale in our stores and online.” Cathy Cook, Executive Director of Work Vessels for Vets described how the Mystic-based charity awarded Tara the $5000 gold and silver jewelry welder she needed to accommodate her injuries. Work Vessels for Vets worked with the Gesswein Company to award Tara the precision fine metal welder she needed to establish her jewelry collection. Gesswein is a leading source of tools and supplies for jewelry manufacturing with offices in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They deeply discounted the welder to enable Work Vessels for Vets, Inc, to purchase the equipment for Tara. “Work Vessels for Vets gave me assistance when no one else was able. In 2006 my right leg was severed above the knee and I had third degree burns, PTSD and a traumatic brain injury,” said Tara Hutchinson. “I am so grateful for this help and now through my growing business, I hope to pay it forward by giving back.” Tara's motor skills were so compromised that she couldn't hold a fork to feed herself. The loss of her independence was more traumatic than the physical injuries she suffered, inevitably causing severe depression to set in. During this time, Tara contemplated suicide more than once. In the thick of it, a therapist suggested that Tara find a hobby that used her fine motor skills. She chose to try jewelry. Throughout the multi-year process of recovery, her grit and tenacity kept her moving, and she learned everything possible about the craft while practicing every day. Creating jewelry became Tara's glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, and it gave her purpose, and hope; principles she missed dearly. Tara Hutch jewelry is available at Lux, Bond & Green in the West Hartford, Connecticut Center and downtown Boston locations, by appointment in any of their locations or online at https://www.lbgreen.com/shop/designers/tara-hutch-designs. Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. (WVFV), of Mystic, Connecticut is celebrating its 10th anniversary as an award winning, highly accredited. all-volunteer nonprofit that has equipped over 1600 veteran-entrepreneurs in all 50 states with the physical tools, machines, vehicles, and equipment valued at over $2 million to help America’s returning veterans reach their dreams of self-employment. Through this journey WVFV has remained a small volunteer organization, maintaining a mission that keeps administrative costs under 5%, earning the Great Nonprofits TOP RATED NONPROFIT Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as the highest 2018 Platinum rating for efficiency, transparency and effectiveness of mission from GUIDESTAR, the national charity rating association.