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Sondra Stephens

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  • President
    Sondra's Fine Jewelry
  • Sondra's Fine Jewelry Owner
  • The Foundation for Ellis Medicine
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Sondra Stephens, president ...
www.dailygazette.com, 8 Nov 2008 [cached]
Sondra Stephens, president of Sondra's Fine Jewelry on Union Street in Schenectady, is shown Friday with some of the toys donated in the Toys for Tots program.
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But it's time to do something for the children," said Sondra Stephens, who is running the Schenectady toy collection out of her Union Street store, Sondra's Fine Jewelry. She's asking residents to make small sacrifices so they can afford to donate a toy.
"Maybe give up one little thing for a week â€" it could be a pack of gum â€" and buy a coloring book. A box of crayons and a coloring book would be appreciated. It doesn't have to be an extravagant toy," she said.
Last year, she collected 3,000 gifts for Toys for Tots. With the increased need, she's hoping to nearly double that total this year.
In addition to collecting at her store, she's put out toy boxes at the Open Door Bookstore on Jay Street, the police headquarters on Liberty Street, Starbucks on Watt Street and two other stores in the upper Union Street business district: AAA Northway and Salamack's. She'll also be collecting toys at Proctors during today's Health Expo, and she's sent out letters to corporations asking them to donate money for new toys.
Donors can also text 90999 to make a $5 donation, which will be automatically added to their cellphone bill.
In case that's not enough, she's also offering a free gift bag to everyone who drops off a toy at her store. The bags have jewelry cleaner, Starbucks coffee and discounts from upper Union Street businesses.
One donor will also win a 14-carat diamond star pendant, which will be raffled off just before Christmas.
"Not that people wouldn't open up their hearts, because they have," Stephens said.
The Chamber of Schenectady County: News
www.schenectadychamber.com, 20 Nov 2012 [cached]
Photo: Community leaders, elected officials, family and friends congratulate Sondra's Fine Jewelry owner Sondra Stephens on 15 years in business and assist with her Toys for Tots campaign.
Sondra's Fine Jewelry celebrated its 15th year anniversary and kickoff to its 2012 Toys for Tots campaign with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Chamber of Schenectady County on November 14, 2012. The ribbon cutting was sponsored by McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, PC.
Sondra Stephens started her journey to becoming business mogul and philanthropist with a dream and a dining room table full of jewelry. Though the jewelry industry is still quite male-dominated, she has been able to break the "glass ceiling" and show women everywhere that anything is possible. Sondra always knew that she wanted to own a fine jewelry store but had no idea she would become so instrumental in the community. Her tireless work for the community is done out the sheer goodness of her heart.
Sondra has become a leader in the community, and women's and children's issues have always been at the top of her list of concerns. Her "never-say-no" attitude has helped bring much-needed awareness to a number of charities. Sondra possesses the ability to get friends and business associates to understand that charity work starts on the ground level, and she shows no signs of slowing down!
Sondra is deeply devoted to raising money for Bellevue Women's Center of Ellis Medicine for breast cancer awareness as well as working with The Foundation for Ellis Medicine. Sondra has been recognized by Ellis Medicine for her work on its Winter Gala, Cardiac Classic, various golf tournaments, hosting the Mobile Mammography Vehicle at her store and Women's Night Out, for which she made a $25,000 donation in 2012.
Also in 2012, Sondra received a Good News Award from the Chamber of Schenectady County, recognizing her business success and strong community support. The YWCA of Northeastern New York awarded her the Susan G. Rosenthal Award at its 27th Annual Women of Achievement and REACH Awards for her unrelenting passion for helping others and maintaining a small business that gives back to the community.
Sondra is among the major supporters in the area for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. This will be her sixth year raising money and collecting toys for needy children in the area. Her motto, "Go big or go home," has helped her to collect more than 50,000 toys over the last five years with the help of many friends, clients and business associates. With events on tap for 2012 such as "Stuff the Niskayuna District 1 Fire Truck" and Union College Hockey's "Shots for Tots" for a chance to win $10,000 as well as the 70-plus Toys for Tots boxes Sondra maintains in the community, it looks like the 2012 Toys for Tots campaign may be bigger than ever!
2012 marks the second annual Sweet Dreams Event at Sondra's Fine Jewelry for the YWCA of Northeastern New York to assist in providing women with clean blankets, pillows and bedding. Last year, Sondra's collected more than 200 pillows and blankets within three hours by encouraging people to bring their old and broken gold to the event. Sondra donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the YWCA, which helped them purchase 10 new beds. Word of the success has spread, and Sondra has decided to make this an annual event.
Late last year, Hurricane Irene wrought enormous devastation on our community. From a truly grassroots effort, Sondra started the Hurricane Irene Flood Victims Coat Drive. She was expecting perhaps 100 or 200 coats, but when all was said and done, with the help of her clients, neighbors and Wal-Mart, Freihofer's, Ellis Medicine and First Niagara Bank, she collected more than 1200 coats. Her most vivid memory is the faces of the children who had lost everything and were desperately in need of a new coat to start the winter.
Animals need help, too, so Sondra got involved with the Animal Protective Foundation. She created a line of "Precious Paws" jewelry featuring dog and cat paws in gold or silver with or without gemstones to commemorate the adoption, birth or passing of a beloved animal. Sondra donates 30% of each sale of the items in this line to the Animal Protective Foundation to help them purchase what they need to keep the shelter running.
Sondra continues her passion to help others with many other organizations. "I am very passionate about giving back to the community which has been so loyal and good to me throughout the years. I believe that any woman can realize her dream, and it's important to me to reach out and help whenever and wherever I can," said Sondra.
The Chamber of Schenectady County: Business Directory
www.schenectadychamber.com, 17 Oct 2008 [cached]
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The Chamber of Schenectady County: Business Directory
www.schenectadychamber.org, 3 Nov 2006 [cached]
Rep: Sondra Stephens
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The Chamber of Schenectady County: Membership: Member-to-Member Discounts Page 3
www.schenectadychamber.org, 7 Feb 2012 [cached]
Contact:Sondra Stephens, 518.372.5853 Offer: 20% off any one item (in-store) purchase. Excludes Estate, closeout, and loose diamonds. 20% off any repair or custom design piece.
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