Donors: Doug and Renee LaViolette

Betty Whites's Geneva Gold

Betty White

Betty White was considered a national treasure, one of the best loved and most trusted celebrities in Hollywood. In addition to her philanthropic work to champion animal welfare, she won six Emmy awards, three American Comedy awards, a Grammy Award, and two Viewers for Quality Television awards. As the 21st century dawned, White was nearing her eighties, an age when many actors might consider retiring or at least slowing down. Instead, White began enjoying a career resurgence that made her one of the most beloved stars. In 2010, she became the oldest person ever to host Saturday Night Live at 88 years old. 

These timepieces are from the personal collection of Betty White. The vintage Geneva-brand wristwatch features a gold dial with black hands within a simulated diamond surround, to the stainless steel case back and the polished and matte gold-tone link bracelet. White's ring watch, of mechanical movement, features a circular silvered dial with black Arabic numerals and is set with a faceted crystal to the gold-tone adjustable hoop. 

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. 

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