Kenneth Fron Jewelry to Help Aid War Veteran after Hitting Roadside Bomb in Iraq

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Jewelry Designer Kenneth Fron comes forward to help U.S. Navy Reserve 1st Class Petty Officer Ken Hendrickson after being launched 30 feet into the air after his Humvee drove over a pressure plate, triggering a roadside bomb. After a painful return from Iraq to the United States and slow recovery, a heartfelt benefit is planned for Sunday, September 17, 2006 to show support.

Kenneth Fron (http://www.KennethFron.com) received a telephone call one afternoon from his client and friend, Jane Cornely of Bloomington, Minnesota with the devestating news. “Kenneth, I'm afraid I have some bad news. Jill’s husband Ken was seriously hurt in Iraq, after hitting a roadside bomb,” said Jane. "Jill" happens to be Jill Hendrickson, another good customer and friend of Kenneth Fron and the wife of Ken Hendrickson, a Navy Reserve 1st Class Petty Officer.

Ken Hendrickson, of Rosemount, Minnesota was severely injured in Iraq on June 5, when the Humvee he was traveling in struck a roadside bomb. As a Gunner, he was riding out the top of the vehicle when it hit the bomb and was thrown a considerable distance. He sustained multiple injuries, including broken bones (both legs and pelvis) and burst his lumbar vertebrae. He had pieces of bone in the spinal canal, and there was some damage to Ken’s pancreas. Two sailors inside the same Humvee, from Wisconsin and Illinois were killed. Ken has been under doctor’s care and is slowly recovering. While Ken was recuperating in Bethesda, Maryland, he was visited by and had an official photo taken with President George W. Bush. He was also visited by legendary singer Ozzy Osbourne, actor Tom Selleck and assorted service personnel. On July 11, Ken received the Navy’s Purple Heart award. His wife, Jill Hendrickson has been at his side.

As one can imagine, when a major tragedy like this occurs, expenses can mount quickly. The Farmington, Minnesota American Legion is sponsoring an 18-Hole Kenny Open Golf Scramble, a Spaghetti Dinner and a Silent Auction on Sunday, September 17, 2006 to show their support of the couple. Kenneth Fron has generously donated two one-of-a-kind hand beaded necklaces named: “Adelaide” and “Perfectly Peridot” for the silent auction to help raise funds and add a little sparkle to the event. Because this incident has hit home on a personal level for jewelry designer Kenneth Fron, Kenneth pledges to help the Hendrickson’s even more. A fund has been established for the couple and Kenneth Fron is personally donating $25 from each necklace sold through his Internet Web site Catalog (http://www.kennethfron.com/catalog.php) on September 16 and 17 (48 hours) to coincide with the activities held in Minnesota, making it a "Ken Hendrickson Weekend". This is a great opportunity for anyone to purchase a beautiful necklace or gift from the Web site Catalog and also help a true American Hero. An update will be posted later to his BUZZ page (http://www.kennethfron.com/buzz.php) to recap the number of necklaces sold and the amount raised. Photos of Jill and Ken Hendrickson are also posted on the BUZZ page, as well.

Kenneth Fron necklaces have been featured on the red-carpet, in magazines and on television. Many celebrities own Kenneth Fron designs and his on-line "Celebrity" page (http://www.kennethfron.com/celebrity.php) features high-profile ladies like: "Lovely" Sara Jessica Parker, Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher, Connie Stevens and daughter Joely Fisher, Project Runway's Kara Janx, Internet beauty queen Cindy Margolis, homemaker and craft guru Martha Stewart, singer Gloria Estefan, actress Kirstie Alley, and others. Purchases can be done securely via Paypal or by check/money order. The Web site was designed to connect all customers around the globe and also features a Gallery, VIP Club, Testimonials and is a work in progress.

“I consider all of my customers an extended family”, say Kenneth Fron. “Anytime I can bring happiness or pleasure through my jewelry, or help towards a worthy cause, it is one of the greatest things I can ever do as a human being. I invite everyone to please consider making a purchase and together we can all make a difference".

Ken Hendrickson is currently wheel-chair bound and remains in good spirits. The Hendrickson's home needs special disability wheel-chair entrance/exit ramps, a repaved driveway, new windows, etc. Ken Hendrickson is scheduled to return to Bethesda, Maryland for more surgery later this month, after the benefit. Please call Matt Pannier @ 612-710-6626 to participate in the golf outing or Adrienne Stark @ 952-445-2770 with questions on the silent auction, dinner and door prize drawings or any matter involving the benefit.

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