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2012 Duck Race: Beaudet Jewelry

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EUGENE, Ore. — First thing in the morning at Beaudet Jewelry, the staff pulls the sheets off all the empty display cases in the store. Then they pull the jewelry out of the safe and, one at a time, put each piece back in its place until the cases are full.

It’s meticulous work, but that’s what owner Charles Beaudet loves about his job.

“That’s one of the things I really, really enjoy is doing the work,” he said.

Beaudet doesn’t just sell the pieces on display in his showroom; he makes quite a few of them.

“I’m doing a piece right now, I call it a ‘Magical Tail,” Beaudet said. “I’m just still carving the wax. It’s a unicorn, but it’s a seahorse tail.”

Over the years, Beaudet has created dozens of pieces that never made it into the showroom. Instead, they went to local organizations to help them raise money. He’s donated a custom-designed piece to the Great Rotary Duck Race for all of its 25 years.

“There’s a sense of pride to be there from the beginning,” said Beaudet. “It’s important in many ways because as a sponsor, you kind of put your business out there with it.”

Everything he gives, he gets back when he presents the winner with the necklace he designed.

“I still get goosebumps,” he admitted. “Sometimes it is just the most magical thing to see somebody win something that they never thought they could. But they also appreciate that it comes from their giving.”

This year, his design is the fourth-place prize in the Duck Race behind a 2012 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab 4×4 L/S, a 2012 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle and a Caldera spa. To find out how you can get a ticket, click here.

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