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Press Release - It All Started With a Beaded Locket and a Letter She Wrote Hillary Clinton in 1992

January 19, 2016

A little inspiration and a knack for beading can go a long way.

Twenty-four years ago, Gail Be was going through a rough patch. So she met with a counselor in order to get some advice.?

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" In 1992 I was struggling with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. [Minnesota] had a program for people struggling with mental and physical disabilities. I could finish grad school or open a small business. "

The counselor had seen Hillary Clinton wearing a red, white, and blue scarf on television that reminded her of Gail's necklace. So, knowing that Gail was a fan of Hillary's, she made a suggestion.

" Why don't you bead something for Hillary Clinton?"

That sounded like a good idea to Gail.?She made Hillary a hand-beaded locket and sent it off, not expecting to hear back.?

Two weeks later—to Gail's surprise—she received a letter back from Hillary.

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Gail was thrilled by the response—but more importantly, she was motivated. She received a $3,000 grant and started her own hand-made jewelry business.?

Today, Gail is a successful artist whose clients include celebrities (like Lady Gaga!). Recently, she made the world's largest beaded wedding dress—with over a million beads on it—and won a Guinness World Record!

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When Gail heard that Hillary was running for president, she sent her a custom necklace as a thank you. And, just like the first time, Hillary responded.?

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Hillary was so moved by Gail's story that she invited Gail to a campaign event in Minneapolis. Gail was thrilled to find out Hillary wanted to meet her in person.

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" As I waited in line for my turn, I saw that she was wearing a scarf around her neck. And when I turned the corner, to my great joy, she was wearing one of my necklaces! When I got close to her I said, in tears, ?Thank you for wearing my necklace!'"

People often ask Gail how she can create such beautiful jewelry. Her response is always the same: "One bead at a time."

" It starts with a bead, that becomes a bracelet, that turns into a necklace, then into 990,000 necklaces. My one bead started with help of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is ... the best suited candidate to be the next president of the United States."

Hillary Clinton, Press Release - It All Started With a Beaded Locket and a Letter She Wrote Hillary Clinton in 1992 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/317371

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