Underwood’s Jewelers hosted a three-day trunk show featuring the 2016 IPPOLITA spring collection April 28-30 at Underwood’s of Ponte Vedra. A portion of the proceeds from the trunk show benefited Angelwood Inc., a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization that assists families in caring for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The trunk show kicked off with a cocktail reception attended by Angelwood employees, board members and supporters. Natalie Wall, director of sales for IPPOLITA, was on hand to showcase the spring collection and other special items from the jewelry line, which wasfounded in 1999 by Italian artist and designer Ippolita Rostagno,
Underwood’s approached IPPOLITA about donating a necklace for a raffle drawing benefiting Angelwood. IPPOLITA donated an 18-karat gold pendant necklace that is part of a new sculptural line called Senso.
“We normally do not raffle anything off, but we really wanted to do something special because it was an organization that we thought was really great,” Wall said. “Ippolita Rostagno is a big fan of pairing with charities; a lot of times when we do events or she makes a personal appearance, it’s usually tied with some sort of a charity.”
The necklace will be on display at Underwood’s until Angelwood’s Aug. 12 fashion show and luncheon. Customers can view the piece and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the necklace. Raffle tickets are $20 each or three tickets can be purchased for $50. The winner will be announced live at the fashion show.
“(Underwood’s) been very generous in providing us with silent auction items, and then they came to us in January and told us that they were going to donate this piece of jewelry so that we could raise money throughout the year,” said Tera Williams, development director for Angelwood. “It’s been a huge hit at all of our events; people are loving it.
“We’re hoping to raise a couple thousand dollars which is a big deal for our organization,” Williams continued. “We are just so grateful to Underwood’s and IPPOLITA; they are just so giving and have done so much for us.”
For more information about Angelwood or the upcoming fashion show, visit www.angelwoodjax.org/cms2. Underwood’s of Ponte Vedra, located in The Shoppes of Ponte Vedra at 330 A1A N., Suite 204.