Dana Smith of Dana’s Goldsmithing is celebrating her 25th anniversary in business doing what she does best: Giving back to the community. A Story of Destiny, Dedication and Shiny Things... ...................... Please turn to page 31 Dana gets new store ready to open, twenty-five years ago. Inside the store today with Dana. Celebration Of Success Dana is inviting guests to a celebr Dana is inviting guests to a celebra- tion at the Old Flame Brewing Co. on Thursday, July 20 from 6-9 p.m. There will be a silent auction, with all pro- ceeds going to support the Port Perry Hospital Foundation – a charity dear to her heart. Over the past 25 years, Dana’s Goldsmithing has donated a whooping $63,365.00 to our hospital. An award-winning goldsmith and gemmologist, Dana is designing the shining star of the auction: Agorgeous 25th anniversary pendant. This deli- cately crafted piece features 14-carat white gold. There’s a shimmering .25 carat Canadian diamond centre stone, and smaller diamonds sprinkled throughout the sphere, like so many little stars in the sky. The total weight of the diamonds in this stunning one- of-a-kind piece is ½ carat, and the estimated value is $4,000. Other sparkling items are being donated by suppliers and local busi- nesses, including rings, pendants and diamond stud earrings. A preview of the silent auction treasures will be posted on Dana’s website, social media and eblast channels, starting in July. Giving Back To The Community “I was born and raised here. My roots are here,” said the daughter of the late Don and Gloria Forder. Her grandmother’s maiden name was Cawker, after whom S.A. Cawker School was named. Her father, who owned Forder Parks Insurance, taught her the value of giving back. Her parents always donated to the hospital and Dana has followed in their footsteps. “The community has always been important to me,” she says, “People support me and I give back to the community. It comes full circle.” For 16 years, Dana has custom designed a special Christmas orna- ment – a limited edition of only 1,000 snowflakes or angels. Five dollars from each sale goes to the hospital foundation. Port Perry Hospital is dearer to Dana’s heart due to recent events. Her 25th anniversary hospital fun- draiser will be in memory of her mom and dad. Don passed away on October 12, 2016, and Gloria followed on January 13, 2017. Dana recalls that they received “phenomenal care” at Port Perry hospital. “It’s so important to keep our FOCUS - JULY 2017 29