The daily lives of those who work in the music and foodservice industries have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Celebrity chef Alton Brown, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician John Oates, watchmaker Cameron Weiss have come together to support these industries financially. They have partnered with watch retailer Crown & Caliber to auction off their personal timepieces, with all of the proceeds to MusiCares and The Giving Kitchen.
“Giving Time Auctions allows us to continue our commitment to making a positive and lasting impact on our community during a time of great need,” said Hamilton Powell, CEO and Founder of Crown & Caliber. “The generosity of these donors, who have given their personal timepieces to help others, is inspiring and we are honored to come alongside them.”
The Brown and Crown & Caliber watches were auctioned off to support Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency assistance to food service workers in Atlanta through financial support and a network of community resources. The watches from Weiss and Oates were off to benefit MusiCares, the affiliated charitable foundation of The Recording Academy that has established a COVID-19 relief fund. An anonymous donor also donated two additional timepieces, increasing the opportunities for people to support these two charities.
The John Oates Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback watch raised $6,000. All in all, the event raised more than $30k for Giving Kitchen and MusiCares.
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