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A Worthy Cause – By Susan Linski

In December 2011, Susan Linski, owner of Susan Bella Jewelry in Allentown, donated a portion of her store’s sales from a designated week, to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit. Susan, who serves on the Gala in the Garden committee, raised $1,100. Here she shares her reasons for giving back to her community.

Every year,  I do as much as I can for my community.  I like to have at least one or two large fund raisers at my business, Susan Bella Jewelry, in Allentown  My favorite causes have always been for those who can’t always speak for themselves: children and animals. 

This past fall, I was planning a one-day fund raiser for Good Shepherd’s pediatric unit where 10% of my sales would be donated.  However, Hurricane Sandy had other plans for us.  After seeing her devastation, I decided to reschedule and increase the length of our fund raiser to one full week!  With Good Shepherd’s help, we spread the word and had a great turnout!

I became involved with Good Shepherd in 2010 when I was asked to donate a piece of jewelry for a treasure chest raffle to be given away at the Gala in the Garden.  After attending the event, I realized what an amazing organization Good Shepherd is.  Their pediatric rehabilitation unit works with children to teach sometimes even the most basic  functions that we take for granted, like swallowing or speaking.  The whole evening was both moving and memorable.

A few months later, I was asked if I would like to join the Gala in the Garden committee.  I eagerly accepted and couldn’t wait to begin helping such a worthy cause!  I’ve proudly been on the committee since.