detail of the royal oak clock by audemars piguetan interior by david hicksold rectory at hartwell house attendees at the gala

About The Timeless Design Gala Benefit

The Timeless Design Award & Gala Benefit is Royal Oak’s signature annual fundraiser in New York. Proceeds from this event support the Royal Oak Foundation's Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund benefits various initiatives, including support for Americans attending Attingham Summer School.

Funds raised also strengthen the foundation's role as the U.S. partner of the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Timeless Design Award

The Timeless Design Award was conceived in 1996 to recognize outstanding individual achievement in American/British interior design, the stewardship of historic properties, and to celebrate American and British design icons whose work is inspired by, or developed from, the collections of the National Trust. The award is a hand-crafted “Royal Oak” clock generously donated by Audemars Piguet.

The Heritage Award

2010 marked the inaugural year of The Royal Oak Foundation’s Heritage Award. It is given each year to recognize institutions or individuals in Britain or the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage.

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