In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, a British restaurant in New York City’s West Village, Tea & Sympathy, is organizing a hunt for $25,000 in diamonds. The June 2 event will raise money for the Dustin Keller Foundation.
Teams will compete to find clues leading to ten diamonds worth a total of $25,000.
All proceeds will go to The Dustin Keller Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families realize their children’s abilities in the face of whatever challenges they must overcome. The foundation’s primary strategy is to provide support for the teachers, coaches, mentors and community leaders who are supporting the hopes and dreams of those in their area of influence through their existing programs and daily action.
The diamonds are to be donated by Yves Ringler. Yves moved from Antwerp to New York twenty years ago to explore his passion for large gems and rare colored diamonds. He is in the process of launching an ‘YVES RINGLER’ jewelry line based on his motto: ‘timeless elegance with an edge.’ After his son asked him why less privileged children could not compete in basketball, he teamed up with coach Tony Wright to provide free sports equipment. The cause will receive a percentage of the proceeds while Reebok have committed 200 basketballs, t-shirts and track bags.
“We are so excited to use the Jubilee for a great cause,” Nicky Perry, owner of Tea & Sympathy, said. “Just like the Royal family, we believe in giving back and see this as a great opportunity to help others. I love that the Queen has used her 60th year to host such amazing events. I only wish I could be there, but I have my own Britain to look after in the West Village.”
The day will commence in Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground (Hudson Street between Horatio Street and Gansevoort Street) at 10 am. Following registration, participants will form groups of ten and the hunt will last until 3.30 pm. The day will end with the presentation of the diamonds and a street party. Event sponsors will be announced shortly.
Tickets will cost $100 per participant and organizers expect up to 1,000 people to take part. Runner-up prizes will be supplied by local businesses.
Tickets can be purchased at cityhunt.org/jubilee. More details will be released closer to the event. In the meantime, updates will be released through Twitter (@TeaAndSympathy) and facebook.com/TeaAndSympathyNYC.