Bay Hill Jewelers: Supporting Foster Children And Helping To Break The Cycle Of Poverty
Bay Hill Jewelers has been serving the Central Florida area for over 17 years. They are focused as much on making an impact in their community as they on giving each guest that walks through their door an amazing experience.
Whether someone is purchasing an engagement ring, or they need a watch link removed, they are shown the same level of thoughtfulness. Bay Hill specializes in custom design and one-of-a-kind pieces. They love to take something that is not being enjoyed, and make it fresh and exciting for their guest, holding on to the sentiment while updating the style.
Bay Hill Jewelers (BHJ) own sentiment is a passionate commitment to serve its community by breaking the cycle of poverty and supporting foster children. They work closely with Great Oaks Village Foster Care who help at-risk youth of Orlando equip kids with the necessary tools needed to succeed in today’s society. This is a near and dear cause to Bay Hill Jewelers, as Founder Stacey Papps has many foster children of her own and does everything she can to help those in need. This includes nurturing and mentoring children at the Great Oaks Village local foster care facility on their life journey, speaking at local schools and foster homes, and showing students there are many opportunities to become successful, no matter their upbringing.
BHJ hosts a gala each year that raises money for private tutors to work with these children, five days a week after school, to help maintain grades and exceed expectations. If the children maintain their GPA, they are gifted a scholarship to any Florida University.
Bay Hill Jewelers founded The Bridges of Light Foundation which allows mentors and educators to stay with these children as they pass age 18. They have successfully helped more than 50 kids get into and/or through college. As a company, they believe that the only way to break the cycle of poverty, is through education and mentorship, which is exactly what the foundation provides.
In addition to BHJ’s commitment to the foster community, they did not hesitate to help when a major tragedy hit their city in 2016. There was open fire at the downtown nightclub, Pulse where 49 lives were tragically lost. The events that took place devastated their community. To assist in the rebuilding and provide hope for the future, Bay Hill Jewelers helped children who had lost parents that night. They gave four-year college scholarships to three of these children. They continue to make “pulse hearts,” where the money is placed into an account so they can award more scholarships in the future.
Bay Hill Jewelers has a message to others who are looking to give back. “Find a cause that you are passionate about, and truly open your heart to the work that you are doing. Immerse yourself in it, because people need help. Even the smallest charitable act can make a big change for someone in need. You will find that the reward you receive in your heart, can be far greater than the gift you give.”
One good deed begins a chain reaction to make the world a better place. During this time of Covid-19, this motto is more important than ever.