President and CEO of CJ Charles Jewelers, Vahid Moradi, donated a highly sought after Panerai timepiece which is the Radiomir 8-Day model with an in-house proprietary movement by Panerai. As part of the donation, in order to cater to the exceptional ladies that would be in attendance, Vahid donated a spectacular pair chandelier diamond earring. On Saturday, October 22nd at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, these spectacular items were auctioned at the 7th Annual Miracle Babies Gala.
Lark Mason and Lark Mason III, of “Antiques Roadshow,” were the auctioneers of the night. Guests were swept away by the Once Upon a Time theme. Attendees enjoyed a scrumptious dinner and drinks while the auction unfolded.
The first auction item, courtesy of CJ Charles Jewelers, was the beautiful pair of 18kt white gold diamond chandelier earrings modeled throughout the night by the stunning Susanne Rohrbaugh. This marvelous piece caused an eruption once the bidding started at $3,000. Numerous guests placed bids, with the final bid culminating with an offer of $6,000. Vahid Moradi says, “We would like to credit Susanne, dear friend and Miracle Babies’ auction chair, for the success of the sale.”
Very generously, Vahid Moradi committed to donating a second Panerai watch, PAM00176, if the first Panerai watch met or exceeded $10,000. When the auctioneers unveiled the Panerai Radiomir PAM00268, the bidding opened at $4,000. Eight different guests made bids on this watch. The bidding escaladed between two people extremely interested in the timepiece. A generous patron made the final bid of $10,000 for the PAM00268.
Vahid Moradi says he first got involved with Miracle Babies through, “A lifelong friend of mine named Holly Heartsough. I initially went in because of my belief in her and her passion. Later, I found out that the cause was even larger than all of that. I am really fortunate to be able to give back in the small way that I can in order to help and give a chance to the newcomers being introduced to our world.”
CJ Charles is proud to be a supporter of Miracle Babies for four strong years. The event organizers, auctioneers, and more importantly the warm generous guests were helpful in assisting Vahid Moradi at CJ Charles to achieve the urgent funds needed. The proceeds from the auction help families who have newborns born with medical conditions or prematurely in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; the funds also allow Miracle Babies to continue with research, support and education.
Take a peek at our donation items on CJ Charles' official instagram @cjcharlesjewelers.
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