Underwood Jewelers trunk show, pet adoption event to benefit Ayla’s Acres

M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit to attend cocktail reception


Underwood Jewelers Ponte Vedra will host its 3rd annual three-day Lagos jewelry trunk show to benefit Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue.

To be held Oct. 6, 7 and 8, the trunk show will support the St. Augustine-based nonprofit’s animal adoption, spay and neuter services.

The three-day trunk show will kick off Thursday, Oct. 6 with a cocktail party and raffle from 6 to 8 p.m. Actor, artist, and animal advocate Loretta Swit will be a special guest at the party, at which Underwood Jewelers will raffle off a Lagos Diamonds & Caviar diamond-beaded bracelet valued at $2,750. One hundred percent of the raffle money will be donated to Ayla’s Acres.

“We are very excited that Lagos has partnered with Underwood’s to support Ayla’s Acres and our third annual trunk show and pet adoption event,” said John Rutkowski, manager of the Ponte Vedra Beach Underwood Jewelers. “Lagos has been a leading designer in our store and this will be the first trunk show with their product. What a win-win for our clients and Ayla’s Acres!”

Underwood’s will also donate 10 percent of sales from all Lagos jewelry to the animal rescue organization during the three-day event.

The benefit will conclude Saturday, Oct. 8 with a special adoption day in the parking lot at the Underwood Jewelers Ponte Vedra location. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ayla’s Acres will have cats and dogs available for adoption, along with volunteers available to discuss adoption, fostering, volunteering and other ways in which people may help support the local nonprofit’s mission.

“The hard work, effort, and passion that everyone at Underwood Jewelers has shown over the last three years has been nothing short of outstanding,” said Fran Charlson, executive director of Ayla’s Acres. “Their annual event is a cornerstone of our fall fundraising initiatives and has contributed more than $15,000 to our animals and mission. We are so thankful for this partnership.”

Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance of the cocktail party for $20 per ticket or $50 for three tickets. Tickets are available at both Ayla’s Acres Thrift Shop and Underwood Jewelers Ponte Vedra or through www.aylasacres.org. Underwood Jewelers Ponte Vedra Beach is located at 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 280-1202.