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Chopard x the Happy Heart Fund: A Partnership Worth Celebrating

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Last summer Chopard, a Swiss jewelry and accessory company, and the Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), founded by Petra Nemcova, partnered to work together to raise money to rebuild schools and the lives of children after natural disasters. Nemcova designed a special edition 18-carat Chopard Happy Diamonds bracelet that was sold in Chopard boutiques to help raise this money. Yesterday evening Chopard celebrated Nemcova and her organization at its Madison Avenue location.

Nemcova decided to start HHF after the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck Thailand, and she was in the country on vacation at the time. She recovered from her injuries then returned to Thailand to be greeted by families with lost homes, parentless children and communities that had been completely destroyed. She was alarmed by the prolonged period of the disaster time between emergency responders and government intervention.

It was that moment when she decided to start an organization that would work during this time when needs were being disregarded. In November 2005 the Happy Hearts Fund was born—its mission is to restore hope and opportunity for those affected by natural disasters.

The HHF has built 85 schools and kindergartens since its founding and has helped 46,000 children and over 490,000 community members in seven countries. It’s no question Chopard wanted to support Nemcova and her cause; it was definitely one worth celebrating.

At yesterday evening’s event, Chopard’s exquisite, luxury jewelry and handbags, and the HHF collaboration were on display. Many guests came to show Nemcova and the HHF their support; in attendance were Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele, HINT Consulting founder Dovile Drizyte, Diana Hall, Desirée Gallas, Alexandra Longanecker, Laura Nicklas and Olga Nemcova.


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