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Anne Dale

Anne Dale, a jeweler in Mandeville, Louisiana, designed the I Love New Orleans Badge after going through Hurricane Katrina in her Covington home. Anne initally intended to present the badge to a few public officials, first responders and media people who, in her mind, displayed extraordinary courage during and after the storm. The list of heros seemed endless. What also became prevalent was the fact that just about every person and every family who experienced the effects of Katrina had a Katrina hero. Anne Dale

The request for the badge became larger than Anne's shop could handle. Anne Dale commissioned Stuller, Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana to produce the piece. Stuller is one of the largest jewelry manufacturers in the United States. It was important to Anne that the pieces be made in Louisiana. Anne Dale has made the badges available to all of Stuller's 40,000 jewelry store accounts in 40 countries. A generous portion of the proceeds of every sale will be placed in the Community Foundation of Acadiana which is a qualified tax deductible organization.

"I have received orders from as far away as Switzerland, Belgium and Australia." One Stuller executive believes this could be the highest volume piece of jewelry they have ever sold. "Katrina has affected me personally, my business, my family, my community and my state. As a jeweler, RSCC Member, a resident of St. Tammany Parish and native of New Orleans, I felt compelled to contribute what I could to assist the victims of Katrina by designing and promoting the official I Love New Orleans Badge. The idea of this badge literally came to me during the hurricane and has now blossomed nationally because of charitable people who want to help," said Anne.
I Love New Orleans Badge