A LOCAL JEWELER DONATES THE RING: THE HUSBAND TO BE PROVIDES THE SURPRISE; AND
A PHILADELPHIA RESTAURANT IS THE SETTING FOR LOVE ON A FRIDAY NIGHT.
It was a very special night for U.S. Army Staff Sergeants, Anthony Wilson and Shaundraya Pearson, with the help of the USO and Family & Company Jewelers, Marlton, NJ. Family and Co. works with the USO and supports programs for veterans and this was another example of how Family & Co. helped to foster a love proposition for two military enlistees.
Wilson and Pearson met on deployment in 2013 and have been dating since Valentine’s Day, 2014.
Wilson had plans to propose to his girlfriend before taking her to the Nora Jones concert on Friday night, and with the help of the USO, was put in touch with Family & Co. store owner, Angelo Breaux. Angelo has been active in Veteran affairs for years. “I have a soft spot in my heart for the men and women who serve our country, my father was a US Marine for 26 years.” he said with pride. “We support all of our heroes; military, police, fire and EMT. Family & Co. is a year round drop off location for Marlton based Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey which sends care packages to troops deployed oversees. It was my pleasure, through our partnership with the USO, to be able to donate this engagement ring to Anthony”
“I saw an opportunity to help Anthony; to thank the couple for their service and commitment to the USA. I only wish we knew them when they were deployed; we could have sent them both care packages through Operation Yellow Ribbon.” says Breaux, and so, he decided to work with the USO to supply the engagement ring for the special occasion. Wilson said he had tears in his eyes when he heard the offer.
That night at Fogo de Chao in Philadelphia, an alerted Channel 3 news crew was waiting on the sidelines to capture the moment. The USO team was hidden so they could be in on the surprise as well.
At the appropriate moment, everyone in the restaurant turned to witness Wilson on his knee, offering his future bride, the ring. Everyone broke into cheers and applause when Shaundraya said “YES.”
Wilson said that every day there is “a new reason to fall in love with Shaundraya.” She is a beautiful woman and soldier, inside and out, and I am so happy to be able to capture these moments forever. I look forward to watching this video every anniversary.”
Speaking of anniversaries; Angelo is hoping to make giving away an engagement ring to a hero couple an annual event.
Family & Co. Jewelers is, as the name indicates, a family owned business located in Marlton, New Jersey. The Company specializes in Diamonds and Bridal jewelry and offers a full range of services on all types of jewelry including Verragio engagement and bridal rings. Family Jewelers And Company is the ONLY VERRAGIO PREMIER BOUTIQUE IN NEW JERSEY!