Pendant winner is lucky in love

Robbiano said the support shown by the two businesses was greatly appreciated.

While Serras was unavailable for comment, Hannoush said about 150 hearts were sold at The Real Seafood Company and about 200 were sold at Hannoush Jewelers.

Of these 350 hearts, Passineau's was the lucky winner.

"I was at the library when I found out I had won," said Passineau, a full-time accounting major at Siena College, "I was shocked, I didn't actually think it was a contest that was going on."

Passineau bought a paper heart in support of the Go Red for Women cause when he prepared to purchase an engagement ring for Stackman, his long-time girlfriend. He said it was not hard to convince him to contribute $1 to a "good cause."

The salesperson then told Passineau to keep his copy of the heart because a drawing would be held at the end of the month to determine a winner of the sparkling pendant.

Passineau was studying at the J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library on the Siena campus when his sister called him with the news.

"I thought she was joking," said Passineau.

When Passineau was awarded his prize Thursday, April 3, he knew it was not a joke.

Without hesitation, Passineau explained his plans to give the pendant to his fiancEe. Stackman could not be present when Passineau received the jewels, but he assured the jeweler and guests who were present that she "is going to love it."

As the couple plans to join at the altar in the near future, Passineau will bring with him the support of the American Heart Association, and Stackman, a little bit of luck hanging from her neck.""

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