King Jewelers served as the Exclusive Jeweler for the Hunt Ball hosted at the Belle Meade Country Club in Belle Meade, Tennessee. For 68 years, the Iroquois Steeplechase has captivated thousands of spectators from near and far with its traditions, pageantry and the energy of the sport. The Iroquois Steeplechase benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and has designated the hospital as a beneficiary since 1981, raising more than $8 million dollars. The affiliation with the hospital has helped the event to grow with additional volunteers, improve the course, the facilities and the purses.
As the Exclusive Jeweler of the 2009 Iroquois Steeplechase, the company along with Chopard sponsored the race day and donated a $6,800 “Happy Moon & Stars” necklace for the silent auction for the Hunt Ball held at the Belle Meade Country Club. Chopard president Marc Hrushka flew in from New York City to attend the ball and the races. King Jewelers is the exclusive Chopard retailer for the south central region of the United States.
At the Hunt Ball, a red carpet entrance reminiscent of the Cannes Film Festival was staged with models wearing exclusive Chopard sets of jewelry which will be seen at the festival in France next week. King Jewelers provided the event chairwomen with its own unique jewelry designs for this event and had an array of gift accessories, clocks, jewels and more on display.
“King Jewelers is honored to be a part of this year’s Iroquois Steeplechase and help raise money for the children’s hospital, “ said David King, brand manager of King Jewelers. “Not only did we partner with the hospital for our grand opening, we are also launching a Young Leaders Society Foundation in conjunction with it this fall. Our family-owned company has an extensive legacy of supporting children’s charities.”
Created in 1970, the Children’s Hospital pioneered the concept of a “hospital within a hospital,” allowing administrative and physical autonomy, while sharing a structural facility with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to reduce costs. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt opened in February 2004 and serves children from across the region of all ages ranging from premature newborns up to 18 years old. It is filled with state-of-the art equipment and information services to provide the best treatment for patients and offers a variety of family accommodations to help fulfill its mission. Research conducted here is helping shape the way the nation cares for children.
In 1860, Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded a watchmaking business in the picturesque Swiss village of Sonvilier, dedicating his manufactory to the production of fine pocket watches and chronometers. The proud legacy established by the Chopard family passed to a young Karl Scheufele in the 1960’s, who along with his family have dedicated themselves tirelessly to the creation of exquisite luxury timepieces and the art which cultivates it. Chopard watches are coveted throughout the world, and run the gamut from exceptional gem-set creations, to the popular and sporty Chopard Mille Miglia watch collection, distinguished by its connection to historic auto racing. Today, Chopard truly marries performance with luxury and functionality with the L.U.C collection, their unique and superbly finished Manufacture movements, that have elevated Chopard to the innermost circle of haute horlogerie producers, delighting passionate watch collectors across the globe. The commitment to fine watchmaking inaugurated by Louis-Ulysse Chopard long ago thus continues with unabated strength in the creation of each exclusive Chopard timepiece.
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