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Operation: Tie The Knot

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Venus Jewelers a 4th generation family jeweler located in Somerset, NJ is proud to announce the winners of Operation: Tie the Knot, a dream engagement ring and ultimate wedding giveaway. Army soldier SPC Derek McConell and Krystina Dressler shared their inspiring, heartfelt love story, and you voted- so Derek, a 23 year old American hero who stepped on 2 IED’s to save his fellow soldiers, will get the wedding he and his high school sweetheart have always dreamed of.

Here is what they won:

Listen to an interview with Venus Jewelers Owner Peter Stavrianidis, the reasoning behind creating Operation: Tie the Knot

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Operation Jersey CaresOperation Jersey Cares sends packages to our men and women to let them know that ‘America’ is behind their efforts.

Please visit for more info or make a donation at Venus Jewelers, 1024 easton ave, somerset, NJ 08873 – (732) 247-4454.


Operation: Tie The Knot is powered by:

Venus Jewelers The Park Savoy Estate Nanina In The Park
Vali Entertainment Lieberfarb Nino Gallego
Flower Station Erin H Photography L'Fay Bridal
 Chambers Walk Cafe-Catering


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