The Press Newspaper
In the hours after the June 5 tornado, Tom Cluckey was relieved and thankful when he learned that his sister Angie
and her family were safe.
The Fisher family, who live just a stone’s throw from where the twister crossed Millbury Road, had some light damage but nothing too bad. “They were very lucky – they had friends who took a direct hit,” said Cluckey, a jeweler at Alan Miller Jewelers in Oregon.
Like many in the tornado’s path, his sister and many of her neighbors had children in Lake Local Schools. “After getting involved in some of the fundraising efforts that were going on, she asked me if there might be anything I could to do to help the Lake district in their efforts to rebuild,” he said.
Cluckey, who had designed a line of jewelry pieces offered at Alan Miller’s to raise funds for restoration of the Johlin Cabin at Pearson Metropark, offered to create a piece to help raise funds for Lake.
“I suggested Angie come up with a design idea, so she and my niece did some research and came up with an anchor because it is a symbol of hope,” Cluckey said.
In an effort to tie the anchor into the theme of Lake’s rebuilding and reconstruction, he deconstructed the shape into different components – the shaft and the chevron.
“I carved the shaft of the anchor into the shape of a nail – a symbol of strength to stand tall,” Cluckey said. “The chevron (the rest of the anchor) symbolizes protection against the raging storm. Arches within the chevron represent a gateway to a new day.”
In addition to a symbol of Lake’s resiliency and commitment to moving forward, he envisioned the specialized anchor design, which he dubbed “Tradesman,” as a tribute to those using their time and talents to help the school district “put it all back together,” Cluckey said.
“It’s a ‘hats-off’ to the men and women of the trades – from ironworkers to carpenters, electricians, plumbers and everyone in between, to volunteers donating their time,” he said. “I see this as not only a symbol of hope for a better day, but a symbol of thanks for all of the people involved in the ongoing effort to rebuild not only a school, but also a community.”
The anchor will be offered in sterling silver in men’s and women’s styles at Alan Miller Jewelers. The cost is $49 for a ladies’ pendant on a sterling chain and $69 for a men’s pendant on a leather cord. The anchor may also be custom-designed in gold with stones or other embellishments, Cluckey said.
For ladies who prefer more traditional jewelry, Miller is also offering a sterling silver pendant or bracelet featuring a single Tahitian black pearl in the Lake fundraising promotion.
“We chose the black pearl because legend has it that it captures the rainbow after the storm – if you look at it in the light, you’ll see greens, light lavender purple and a whole variety of colors,” Cluckey said. The pearl jewelry is available for $79 for the necklace and $99 for the bracelet.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from jewelry sales will go to the Lake Athletic Boosters.
In addition, T-shirts bearing the anchor design are available for $10, with all of the profits going to the Lake Athletic Boosters.
Alan Miller Jewelers has also donated a special 14K white gold and diamond anchor piece valued at $1,500 to the boosters to be raffled throughout football season.
Tickets, which are $2 each or three for $5 are available at Alan Miller’s or through the Lake Athletic Boosters. The drawing will be held Oct. 22 at the Lake vs. Elmwood football game.
For more information, stop in at Alan Miller Jewelers at 3239 Navarre Ave., Oregon or call 419-693-4311.
Lake Athletic Boosters are conducting a raffle for a hand-carved white gold and diamond “Tradesman” anchor pendant designed by jeweler Tom Cluckey and donated by Alan Miller Jewelers. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
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