CASA Announces Winner of First-Ever Jewelry Design Contest Sponsored by Elliott’s Jewelers

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Young Talents Shine as Kids Design Unique Jewelry Pieces

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The spirit of community and creativity shone brightly at the inaugural CASA Jewelry Design Contest, a heartwarming contest benefitting CASA of Walker, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties and sponsored by Elliott’s Jewelers. The event, aimed at fostering creativity among children while supporting a noble cause, was part of the broader “All About Kids Expo” held in April at the Huntsville Church of Christ.

Laura Green, the Development Director at CASA, who joined the organization in October, shared her excitement about the success of the inaugural jewelry design contest. “I am thrilled to be here and love this organization. We had a fantastic turnout at the event, with 25 unique entries in our first year,” she said. Green attributed the concept of the contest to Elliott Herzlich of Elliott’s Jewelers, who originally proposed the idea. “It was really his vision,” Green acknowledged.

Further elaborating on the event’s origins, Green highlighted the integral role played by Herzlich. “Elliott approached us with the idea of hosting a jewelry design contest for kids alongside our Kids Expo,” she explained. She emphasized the contest’s broader purpose, beyond just fundraising. “It’s really an opportunity to showcase what CASA does for children and to enhance support for the community’s youth,” Green added, underscoring the importance of the initiative in fostering community engagement and creativity among children in the area.

Kimberly Weiser, Executive Director of CASA, highlighted the critical role of the organization in the community. “We provide volunteer advocates for all of the kids in foster care in our area,” Weiser explained. She expressed profound gratitude towards the contest participants and the ongoing support from the community. “Your presence here and engagement on social media are a big part of our success,” she noted.

The event culminated in an exciting announcement of the contest winner. Each participant was recognized for their creativity, and special prizes were awarded. The top honor was awarded to Sarah Eunice Santos, a 10-year-old at Huntsville Intermediate School, whose design was noted for its emotional depth and narrative. “It really was a tough decision, but her story touched us deeply,” said Green.

Elliott Herzlich shared his delight with the outcome. “This has been exciting. We’re pleased to honor every participant and reward them for their efforts,” he commented. Besides the accolades, participants and their families enjoyed gift certificates and treats, including ice cream from Blue Bell.

Sarah Eunice Santos’s award-winning CASA jewelry design, sponsored by Elliott’s Jewelers

The winning design, inspired by Sarah’s cherished family memories, will be professionally crafted by Elliott’s Jewelers and is valued at approximately $2,500. Reflecting on the significance of her design, Sarah shared, “I want to make this (jewelry) because it shows the love and care that they (my family) give me.” She added, “I want to wear this jewelry every time I remember my family,” expressing the deep emotional connection embodied in her artwork. Overwhelmed by her victory, Sarah also commented, “I was so surprised, I didn’t know what to think!”

About CASA of Walker, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Walker, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties is dedicated to providing volunteer advocates for children in foster care. Through the support of community volunteers, CASA strives to ensure that each child in the foster care system has a dedicated advocate and the chance to thrive in a safe and loving home. For more information, please visit their website at