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Meet the Founders
Kari Aragon | Co-Founder
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Kari (short for Karintia) is the CEO and Co-founder of Occasions Box. Kari is the second of six siblings and a natural gifter. With a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and over 17 years as a Paralegal, she believed it was time to take her career path on a different direction.
Before becoming a mother and a wife she was pursuing a career in acting; her passion for the arts and desire to be creative has remained with her since. The constant desire to be or do something creative is what led her to sharing her idea with her older sister Sarah, who owns Dreamers Joy Events & Design and whose creativity she highly respects. Sarah understood her vision and immediately joined her in this venture.
Kari’s passion for gift giving and having the right partner by her side is what drove her toward taking the leap and creating Occasions Box.
Since the launch of Dreamers Joy, Kari has worked on countless events alongside her sister, gaining a great deal of knowledge in all aspects of event design. When it comes to successfully executing a great event from beginning to end, attention to detail is essential.
Consequently, throughout her years of gifting to friends and family and working with Dreamers Joy, she has learned to curate the perfect gift for her loved ones; whether it's for a sibling, a friend, a spouse or a boss. Giving the perfect gift that will emotionally resonate with the receiver is what she thrives on.
She believes every gift has to bring a special kind of happiness to the receiver. At the same time she wanted to incorporate her love of helping others which is why Occasions Box is the Box that Keeps on Giving. Now, she is certain that Occasions Box will bring the most extraordinary gifts to the hands of your loved ones while making a difference in the world. Kari lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
Sarah De Jesus | Co-Founder
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Sarah (Sarah Dee) is the CCO & Co-founder of Occasions Box LLC. She is also the Founder | Lead Designer behind Dreamers Joy Events & Design, an event planning company. Sarah has joined forces with her sister Kari to create a business that goes hand in hand with what she truly loves; design, details and special celebrations.
Her passion for all things beautiful and creative started at a very young age. During her high school years, she excelled in her home economic and art classes and it was there that she realized her natural talents and started to focus her interest in the arts and design. This enthusiasm for designing and entertaining led her to host many of her family’s and friends’ gatherings and holidays. In 2010, she decided to take a leap of faith and started to pursue a creative business which gave life to her events business.
Since then Sarah has been doing what she passionately loves. She has gained valuable experience both freelancing for several successful event planners | designers in the wedding industry as well as working her on DJED events. Furthermore, her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Felician College and an Associate’s degree in Fashion Marketing and Management from Berkeley College in New Jersey.
Sarah’s work has been recognized and admired by many. In 2015, Sarah had the opportunity to be mentored and work closely with Celebrity Wedding Planning extraordinaire Kathy Romero (former CEO | Head Planner at Preston Bailey Designs) on the planning and execution of some of the most stunning PB luxury events and weddings.
Sarah also has a passion for making a difference in the lives of less fortunate children, a love of music and the arts in general. Her favorite color is blue and favorite dessert is apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top. She currently resides in Northern New Jersey.