Donors: Renee and Doug LaViolette
Zodiac No. 316L Wristwatch
Kenny Rogers was a man who wore many hats. In addition to a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer and songwriter, Rogers was also a photographer, record producer, actor entrepreneur and author. As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he scored over 120 hit singles and was one among ‘the highest- selling artists of all time’ and had sold more than 130 million record copies across the world. The USA Today and People magazine poll voted him the "Favorite Singer of All-Time."
Kenny’s wristwatch features an automatic mechanical movement, a black circular dial with luminescent chapters and hands, a window for the date, and a rotating bezel. It features a gold-tone and stainless-steel link bracelet with deployant clasp. The verso of the watch is signed "Zodiac No. 606.88.83," while the deployant is signed "Zodiac, No. 316L." 39 mm across, 41 mm including stem, and only 10 mm thick with the date a three o'clock.
Kenny was shown wearing this watch on his 40th anniversary, 42 Ultimate Hits album, and Billboard tribute in 2004.
The Brian LaViolette Foundation was formed by the LaViolette family to honor the memory of their son, Brian, who passed away in a swimming accident in Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was just fifteen years old in 1992. Brian was not only an excellent student, athlete, and musician, but he loved watches, starting his own collection when he was four years of age.
Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has presented 1,058 scholarships to deserving college-bound students in Northeastern Wisconsin, the United States, and other parts of the world. The Foundation continues Brian's legacy by helping high school seniors financially to achieve their educational dreams and, at the same time, providing them with encouragement and inspiration.