Underwood’s Jewelers in Ponte Vedra Beach hosted an Ippolita trunk show last week that benefited Angelwood, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization that serves adults and children living with developmental disabilities.
The third annual event kicked off Thursday, April 26, with a cocktail party that allowed event attendees to peruse the jewelry while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Guests at the party also bought raffle tickets for a dazzling Ippolita necklace that will be raffled off at Angelwood’s “Color Our World” gala on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. The trunk show continued at Underwood’s Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Angelwood will ultimately receive 10 percent of the weekend’s proceeds.
“It’s a huge thing for Ippolita to give back to charity,” said Natalie Wall, director of sales for Ippolita. “It’s definitely a wonderful charity. We’re honored to partner with them.”
Former Angelwood Development Director and current volunteer Tera Lageman said the weekend-long event at Underwood’s has raised approximately $25,000 for the nonprofit over the last two years, allowing the organization to buy new vehicles for its clients and renovate its group homes.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without them [Underwood’s and Ippolita],” said Lageman, whose organization serves more than 350 families locally. “They’ve become like family to us. They really have their whole heart in it.”