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Give the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift and Give Back to the Westfield Symphony

Friends of the WSO Co-President Lee Corcoran with pearls at Bittersweet. Credits: WSO
Best Friends: Members of Westfield Symphony Friends wearing their pearls. Credits: WSO
Best Friends: Members of Westfield Symphony Friends wearing their pearls Credits: WSO
Friends of the WSO sell pearls at New Year's eve concert. Credits: WSO
Credits: WSO

WESTFIELD, NJ—Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? The Friends of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra are offering a stunning faux pearl necklace to commemorate the 30-year “Pearl Anniversary” of Westfield Symphony Orchestra. This timeless classic is available for $30 at Bittersweet Designs, 221 Lenox Ave., Westfield. All proceeds will benefit the WSO.

With revenue from ticket sales covering about 30 percent of the actual cost to put on a concert, The Friends of the WSO came up with the idea for this elegant single-strand of individually knotted white opalescent faux pearls as a way to raise funds this year in addition to their annual home tour, which will take place May 11. The very affordable $30 price tag makes it accessible to all and also ties in with the 30th anniversary theme.  

“The idea of the pearls came up while we were brainstorming special ways to commemorate Westfield Symphony's 30th year,” said Christine Bailey, a member of The Friends of the WSO. “Historically, the thirtieth anniversary is symbolized by pearls—so what better way to mark the occasion than with strands of pearls in honor of the symphony?”

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Perfect as a gift for Valentine's Day as a token of romantic love, the faux pearls also represent timelessness and elegance, making this the perfect gift for Mom or daughter, as well as girlfriend or spouse.

“The feedback we've received thus far is that people not only enjoy the beauty of the necklace itself, but they also appreciate the notion of being able to give back and help fund the arts locally. Ultimately, we need to come up with other sources of funding to help defer the costs of having live orchestral concerts with first-rate musicians and programs right here in our hometown of Westfield,” said Bailey. “And what woman doesn't like to don a strand of pearls with a sense of purpose? These help you to look good on the outside and feel good on the inside, as well.”

“Westfield Symphony Orchestra was founded 30 years ago by a group of visionary Westfield citizens who believed that the performance of symphonic music at a professional level adds value to the quality of community life,” said WSO Marketing Director Elizabeth Ryan. “Through its musical excellence, creative concerts, valued outreach programs, and thanks to unprecedented support from the WSO Friends, WSO has continued to grow and thrive artistically. Few communities of our size can boast a fully professional symphony orchestra or a world-class conductor such as Maestro David Wroe on their doorstep. The Westfield Symphony Orchestra is truly a gift of musical excellence that we hope will continue indefinitely.”

 “The WSO is truly a community treasure adding to the quality of life here,” said Friends of the WSO Co-President Lee Corcoran.

In addition to Bittersweet, the pearls will be available at upcoming WSO events, including the symphony’s Feb. 17 performance “A Night at the Movies,” the Apr. 20 Crystal and Pearl Fundraising Gala, the May 11 tour of notable homes and the June 2 WSO season finale.

For tickets to these events and more information about the WSO, The Friends of the WSO and the pearl fundraiser, visit

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