Goodwill Manasota veteran surprised by proposal during public event

Veterans Services Program Advisor Karrie Jewell and fiance Nathan Bookout receive engagement ring and wedding planning and photography services from generous area businesses

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Goodwill Manasota Veteran Surprise ProposalSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – For the second year in a row, Goodwill Manasota and 92.1 CTQ held another successful “Young Guns of Country” concert. The concert wasn’t the only repeat success for 92.1 CTQ, however: they also participated in another successful wedding proposal. Last year, the crowd roared when a male veteran proposed to his girlfriend; this year, a gentleman proposed to his girlfriend – a female veteran. 

92.1 CTQ brought in its friends from Diamond Vault and Jennifer Matteo Event Planning to ensure that this year’s proposal was an even bigger hit. In fact, it was a home run – these two partners helped to secure the rings, the photography, and the promise of a small wedding planning for a local young couple.

During the welcome by Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller and 92.1 CTQ radio personalities Maverick and Lulu, Karrie Jewell – a Veterans Services Program Advisor at Goodwill – was proposed to by her long-time boyfriend, Nathan Bookout. Jewell, a U.S. Navy veteran who achieved the rank of Petty Officer Third Class, serves fellow veterans through her work with Goodwill. Her primary responsibility is helping homeless veterans reintegrate back into the civilian workforce. She serves as a case manager, working with numerous community partners to help veterans find the services they need, especially housing, food and employment. She also represents Goodwill at Veterans Court, and has been extremely successful at ensuring those who served our country get a second chance.

“When our friends at 92.1 CTQ told me they were planning a proposal, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. When I heard about Karrie’s selfless service on behalf of local veterans, I was inspired to try and do more,” said Jennifer Matteo, president of Jennifer Matteo Event Planning. Matteo offered her event planning services, free of charge, and the couple will also receive wedding photography courtesy of Katelyn Prisco Photography.

The Chokr brothers at Diamond Vault worked with the groom-to-be to choose the ideal diamond – he selected a beautifully cut princess cut of exceptional clarity, set in a rose gold Diamond Vault signature solitaire. 

“It was a pleasure to donate the rings to such an endearing couple – we love that we could show our appreciation to someone who has served our country," said Amir Chokr of Diamond Vault, a Sarasota-based multi-generational family jeweler offering the area’s largest selection of engagement rings, certified diamonds, and custom design services.

“Karrie works with our homeless veterans to help reintegrate them back into the civilian workforce, so I’m thrilled she was selected to be the recipient of this awesome surprise,” added Miller. “Goodwill is truly blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing and generous community, and to have corporate partners like 92.1 CTQ who believe in our mission. We are grateful for their ongoing friendship and support.” 


PHOTO ID: Karrie Jewell says ‘Yes!’ to the surprise marriage proposal from Nathan Bookout during the Young Guns of Country concert

Photo by Cliff Roles


About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit