Student saves whales one sale at a time

| November 17, 2015

COSHOCTON – Dean’s Jewelry in partnership with VEER and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) are selling jewelry designed to save whales. Lyric Ganz a 13-year-old student attending Coshocton Jr. High is responsible for making her passions come to life.

“When you buy a piece of jewelry, designed to save the whales, at Dean’s jewelry or the WDC we will adopt one of six Orca or Humpback whales in your name,” Ganz said.

The jewelry for sale is really and truly designed to save the whales; designed by Ganz and her friend Kaushal Shah owner of VEER. Ganz has listened in and shared her passion on several conference calls; lawyers and representatives of the WDC, designers and jewelers of the Veer. Ganz even flew out to Plymouth, Mass. to observe and collaborate with the director of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation this September. On that visit she was honored to sail out with several WDC naturalists and observe eight whales in the wild.

“It was unreal, truly an amazing experience,” Ganz said.

One passionate 13-year-old and one chance meeting at one location made saving the whales with jewelry a possibility.

Ganz starts the story with “It was a snow day, I was at my Mom’s store, and I had a great conversation with my Mom’s vendor Kaushal Shah about saving the whales in captivity and in the wild.”

Michelle Turner Ganz, co-owner of Dean’s Jewelry said, “I introduced Lyric and left them to go help a guest. I returned after a short time and Lyric and Kaushal were deep in conversation about their love of whales. After about an hour of conversation they decided to contact the WDC and see what they could do to save the whales with jewelry.”

The pieces are available at Dean’s Jewelry and can be seen on both Dean’s website and Facebook page, as well as the WDC’s.

“My goal is to earn $6,000 for the WDC this year” says Lyric “It has been my passion to save whales for about two years now; and I can’t believe I actually get the chance.”


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