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Graham Grants Wishes to support the Make A Wish Foundation
April 2, 2013 @ 11:55  |  Author:
Samir Shah, Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, Eric Loth, Lisa Delane, Robin Levinson, Mark Levinson.

Samir Shah, Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, Eric Loth, Lisa Delane, Robin Levinson, Mark Levinson.

Make A Wish Logo Southern Florida-PMS293

 

Primarily known for its collaboration with action packed sporting events, GRAHAM watches is also concerned with charity. The brand showed its softer side by partnering with hosts Shareef Malnik, British actress Gabrielle Anwar, Levinson Jewelers and Haute Living Magazine for a memorable evening benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation. Taking place at the Forge Restaurant and Bar, in Miami, Florida, GRAHAM donated two unique timepieces created especially for the occasion.
Guests joining the evening included members and supporters of the Make A Wish Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton, Janice Combs, celebrity photographer Robert Zuckerman, and many more, who admired the watches that would be auctioned off that evening.
Shareef Malnik, owner of the prestigious Forge Restaurant and Bar, and active member of the Make A Wish Foundation Southern Florida, donated the space at his restaurant for the evening, where GRAHAM showcased the donated timepieces along with a selection of other models.

GRAHAM donated two unique timepieces created especially for the occasion - the Chronofighter 1695 Make A Wish

GRAHAM donated two unique timepieces created especially for the occasion – the Chronofighter 1695 Make A Wish

The two unique timepieces, designed especially for the Foundation’s evening, were based on the Chronofighter 1695; a distinctive and typical GRAHAM model that the brand launched in 2012. Make A Wish’s iconic logo was added to the dial to denote the cause they support. The more classical watch has an 18kt rose gold case, with the Make A Wish logo hand engraved on the case back, and the second piece made of steel is enhanced with 64 (1.48cts) white diamonds on the bezel.
Along with the two unique pieces, a limited edition version of 25 pieces of the Chronofighter 1695 Make A Wish have been made for sale exclusively through Levinson Jewelers. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch will go to support the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children around the world with life-threatening medical conditions, in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Eric Loth, founder of GRAHAM, who flew in from Switzerland for the event, said “We are delighted to have been able to participate and support such a wonderful cause. Being able to grant wishes to children is something that GRAHAM supports wholeheartedly, and this is an evening to remember. Taking a classically elegant GRAHAM timepiece and transforming into a good deed is truly heartwarming’’.

Actress Gabrielle Anwar and Sharif Manlik.

Actress Gabrielle Anwar and Sharif Manlik.

When the time came for the auction, actress Gabrielle Anwar (of USA’s Burn Notice) played auctioneer, a role she was born to play. With multiple bidders, and an excitement in the air, the bidding war began. At the culmination of the auction, a great amount of money was raised from the sale of the watches, which translates to multiple wishes granted for the children of Make A Wish.

Levinson Jewelers owner, Mark Levinson said “Make A Wish is a wonderful organization and we are thrilled to have been able to partner with GRAHAM watches to raise money to grant deserving children’s wishes. The two live auction pieces were beautiful and most importantly, will make a difference to several children.”

Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton, Mark & Robin Levinson

Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton, Mark & Robin Levinson

Kamal Hotchandani, CEO of the Haute Living Group of magazines, said “It’s an honor for Haute Time to collaborate with great brands as GRAHAM Watches and the Forge to create a great event that benefits a cause close to my heart, the Make a Wish Foundation”.

Main features include:
42 mm case, caliber G1745, automatic chronograph, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hour power reserve, left fast-action start/stop trigger and reset pusher, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both faces, sapphire aperture on the balance wheel, brown crocodile strap.

 

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Delane
Tigerlily Skye PR
lisa@tigerlilyskye.com