Monica Graves founded her Burlington company, glamjulz, in 2000, with a push from her husband Wayne Graves. That turned her jewelry designing and making hobby into a business that’s still going strong. And Monica gives back to the community by raising money for a range of local organizations, including the BRIGHT Run.

When, how and why did you get involved in the BRIGHT Run?
I got involved in the BRIGHT Run when Nancy McMillan walked into a boutique where I was having a trunk show. This was about 10 years ago. I was selling my hummingbird bracelets in support of the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
Nancy wanted to meet me and buy a bunch! The rest is history!

How does your work for the BRIGHT Run fit with your job?
I design custom jewelry and have been designing exclusive pieces for the BRIGHT Run for the last five years.

What do you do for the BRIGHT Run?
The special pieces I create are worn by the team captains and incent them to raise lots and lots of dollars!

Do you have any personal/family connections to breast cancer?
A handful of my best friends have been through it.

What are your feelings about the BRIGHT Run?
BRIGHT Run is more than just a run, it’s a community of love and support! Everyone involved in the event is passionate about people feeling like they are part of a family. I love the vibe – and the rain!! XO

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