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From Jack to Giant

Date & Time
Thursday, June 16, 2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1704 Eastland Dr. Suite 1, Bloomington, IL, 61704
A Fundraiser for Ewing Manor
June 16th 5:00-8:00pm
$20.00 per ticket

As a young man, Nelson Ewing was hired by Jack Lewis, himself, and began working at Jack Lewis Jewelers.

Nelson was the son of Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing who are best known for building a castle right here in Bloomington/Normal, which is still known today as Ewing Manor.

Mr Ewing began his career in the jewelry industry making watch crystals, and while his time at Jack Lewis was special, it was what he went on to do after he left Bloomington that makes his story so compelling.

From 1955-1960 Ewing was the director of design and manager of merchandising for Elgin Watch Company, one of the largest watch manufacturers of its time.

In 1960 he was named product development director at Towle
one of the largest silver and flatware manufacturers of its time.

Retiring from Towle in 1970, Ewing moved to Tucson, AZ to start his own business “Jewelers of Nations Inc.” The honored his mother, who spent her adult life working toward world peace and was active in the League of Nations.

In short, it is fair to say that Nelson became a Giant in the jewelry industry, and his story began right here in Bloomington/Normal, growing up in Ewing Manor, and working at Jack Lewis Jewelers. Pretty cool, right?

We thought so too, which is why we’re honored to partner with our friends at Ewing Manor to bring you this event: From Jack To Giant.

From 5-8pm on the evening of June 16th, our showroom will display some of the finest pieces that Nelson brought to creation during his long career. Watches, silverware, jewelry, and accessories…the man did it all. And now, for the first time, you can see it all in one place.

On top of all this, we’ll have a whiskey tasting and delicious food from Baxters American Grille.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Ewing Manor or Jack Lewis Jewelers, but reserve yours soon because space is very limited and we expect to sell out very quickly! (All proceeds will support the restoration of the Ewing Cultural Center.)

So, join us on June 16th for this unique, local, cultural event. There’s no official program, just a nice, casual evening celebrating the life and achievements of one of our own.