Arnold Schwarzenegger and Westime founder John Simonian co-hosted their annual fundraiser earlier this month and generated an incredible $6.25 million for the Hollywood legend’s After-School All-Stars charity.
It is the eighth time the luxury watch and jewelry retailer has hosted a Western-themed event in support of the cause, raising a total of $19 million for ASAS.
Founded in 1992 by Mr Schwarzenegger, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of free, comprehensive after-school programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.
California-based Westime, led by John and Greg Simonian, sponsored the event, which helps enable ASAS to provide free, comprehensive in-person and virtual programs for low-income, under-served students across the nation year-round.
“Our communities have fragile safety nets during the best of times, and any semblance of security evaporated with the progression of Covid-19,” Mr Schwarzenegger and Mr Simonian shared in a statement.
“When the pandemic hit, we pivoted as an organization to provide basic, essential needs to students, staff, and families.”
The evening included tasting stations, games, a Henry Jacques perfume experience, and a special presentation about the charity’s impactful work. American Ninja Warrior personality Matt Iseman took to the stage to fire up the audience for a live auction as well as a pledge commitment, which pushed the night’s fundraising to a new record.
It concluded with the awarding of luxury watches donated by Westime and its partners: Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Bulgari, Girard-Perregaux, Breitling, Ulysse Nardin and Dior.