However, a caring and generous resident of our community, Lindsey Sutton, will be helping to raise the needed money for the family from now until the culmination of the fundraiser on Saturday, November 6th at Madisonville’s Days Inn hotel.
Instead of asking for monetary donations exclusively, Lindsey, who is an independent distributor with Premier Designs jewelry, is taking all the funds that she, members of Jodi’s family, and other volunteers make from jewelry sales and putting it toward funeral expenses for the Powers family. Though they are currently looking for jewelry pre-sales to raise money, they will also be holding an all-out jewelry sale on November 6th, starting at 2pm in meeting rooms A & B at Days Inn hotel.
iSurf News spoke with Lindsey Sutton to find out exactly why she had chosen to get involved, how the fundraiser works, and how people can help to support the Powers family in this difficult time.
“I have been praying about it, and God laid it on my heart to help them,” said Lindsey, “so I sent a message to Jodi’s mom, Belinda, on Facebook asking her if she would want me to do a jewelry show to help out. As a jeweler, I get 50% of whatever we sell, so I told them I’d give them all of my profit from pre-sales and from the sales made at the show, and she said ‘yes.’ From there, I spoke with the manager at Days Inn, who actually knew Jodi, and he donated us the meeting rooms.”
So far, Lindsey said that she has made around $250 in pre-sales. In addition, Lindsey mentioned that she believed the cost of the services to be approximately $3,500.
“I didn’t know Jodi before any of this, and I didn’t know any of Jodi’s family either,” said Lindsey. “My sister, my husband, myself, and one of our friends went the day that everybody met up at Jesse Stuart to search for Jodi and they ended up finding her before they sent us out, but I’ve just tried to stay involved with them from the beginning."
“The main reason I’m doing this is to help them, because they didn’t plan on losing Jodi and it wasn’t like they just had money set aside for it,” said Lindsey. “It’s been really hard on Jodi’s mom, Belinda, and God just laid it on my heart to help them, so I’m trying to doing everything I can to get the community involved in trying to help them.”
In regards to the Premier Designs jewelry she and others are selling to raise funds, Lindsey explained that, “It’s high-fashion jewelry—it’s not real, solid gold, but some of it is plated with real gold. They also use stones like crystals, imitation pearls, and cubic zirconias; they have rings, necklaces, bracelets, what they call ‘enhancers’—which somewhere like Rogers Jewelers would call ‘pendants’— earrings, broaches, little pins, and other things like that.” In addition, Lindsey noted that all of Premier Designs’ jewelry is backed by a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer’s defects.
“Jodi’s mom and dad, Belinda and Joe, are a part of this community and I feel like we should all be doing something to at least lift the burden and stress off of them,” said Lindsey. “I know if I was in the grieving process, the last thing I would want to worry about is how I’m going to come up with the money to pay for my child’s services. You know, Jodi has a little girl that just turned 3 years-old, and she’s probably not going to remember her momma. It’s really sad. I’m not trying to be a ‘miracle worker,’ but I’m just trying to get people—on an emotional and human level—to understand that this family has been through a lot and anything that we can do to lighten their load will be a really, really, big help.”
If interested in making a purchase and/or donation to Premier Designs jewelry before the show on November 6th, or for more information, you may contact Lindsey Sutton (270-584-4190), Belinda and Amy Powers (270-399-1521), Tracy Lewis (270-543-8666), or Tiffany Taylor. Lindsey also noted that she is available at Jerry Lewis Auto Sales during business hours on Monday-Friday.
Additionally, those interested in making monetary donations can contact Barnett-Strother Funeral Home at (270) 821-7135 for more information.
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