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‘My Mom Rocks’

By Staff | May 12, 2015

One lucky Cape Coral mother received a surprise visit Saturday afternoon from jeweler Mark Loren Saturday who brought a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry with him that her 8-year-old daughter created during a contest.

“This is too much. I don’t need anymore,” Yaite Palomino said after she was given her custom made bracelet. “It’s a very special present.”

Ashley, a student at Gulf Elementary School, entered the “My Mom Rocks” essay contest, which launched at the end of March by Mark Loren Designs. Ashley participated in the contest after her teacher presented it as a writing opportunity.

Loren said he wanted to hold the contest because of the close bond he has with his own mother. He said he wanted to offer a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to make a truly unique present to a deserving mother.

The contest provided students in the area with the opportunity to share why their mom is their “rock” through a 200-word essay, as well as a sketch of a piece of jewelry.

Loren said he was completely out of the judging process, leaving three judges, his mother, Juanita; his wife, Mary Love; and NBC2 Anchor Kellie Burns to pick the finalist. The judges narrowed the selection down from 60 submissions.

Loren read the essay her daughter Ashley wrote Saturday afternoon leaving Yaite smiling from ear to ear.

“She inspires me to keep my dream going forward,” Ashley wrote in the essay, as well, “last, but not least, she loves me. That’s why my mom rocks.”

The essay also shared how hard her mother works in the trucking business, as well as how much she loves going to the beach and park with her mother.

The sketch of the necklace was also given to Yaite in a frame before she received the true surprise, her daughter’s sketch turned into her Mother’s Day present.

“I love the sea and the beach,” Yaite said while pointing to the dolphin and star fish charms on her gold bracelet.

Loren said the sketch of the necklace sharing specific loves of her moms, really moved the judges into picking Ashley’s submission. He said the bracelet is a true representation of Ashley’s sketch making it a very special and unique gift for her mother.

The entire staff became involved in the designing process, Loren said.

Unfortunately Ashley was not home when Loren made the surprise visit because she was attending a Drama Club activity. Yaite said her daughter loves to dance and act.

The Palomino family was traveling to Miami Sunday to spend the day at the park with family to celebrate Mother’s Day.