Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted an annual fundraiser for his After-School All-Stars charity last weekend with luxury watch and jewelry retailer Westime helping to raise $5.32 million as the event’s sponsor for a seventh consecutive year.
The Governor welcomed over 150 philanthropic guests to his private Los Angeles home for the seventh annual Arnold Schwarzenegger – Westime Charity Night benefiting After-School All-Stars (ASAS).
Westime and Mr Schwarzenegger have now raised $12.8 million over the last seven years that is used to fund free, comprehensive afterschool programs for low-income, under-served students across the nation during the hours of 3-6pm.
“I started After-School All-Stars because I saw the need for programs to keep our kids safe and learning between 3 and 6pm,” said Mr Schwarzenegger.
“I couldn’t be prouder about how we’ve grown to be a premier program provider recognized as the best in the business –– but we couldn’t have done that without a lot of generosity. I am so thankful to John Simonian, Westime, and the many fantastic and generous donors and partners that came to give back and support our students. You’re the wind beneath their wings that allows them to soar!”
John and Greg Simonian co-hosted the Western-themed event, which took place at the Beverley Hills home of Mr Schwarzenegger.
“Seven years ago we wanted to create a really fun, laid-back Westime event with Arnold, in his home, as a new fundraiser supporting the charity he founded,” said John Simonian.
“Every year the event has brought in more money for charity while keeping its relaxed style. This year was the most successful ever, and a real testament to everyone’s belief –– from Arnold, to the ASAS staff, to guests and Westime friends who donate – that this organization is making a vital difference in the lives of kids throughout the country.”
Along with art and money-can’t buy experiences, a charity auction on the night included watches and jewelry donated by Westime’s partners Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Hublot, Messika, Bulgari, Grand Seiko, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin and Breitling.