A yearly tradition between luxury watch and jewelry retailer Westime and celebrity philanthropist Arnold Schwarzenegger has once again concluded with humanitarian success. Started in 2013 by father-and-son duo John and Greg Simonian, the Westime Charity Night has historically served as a catalyst for raising millions of dollars for charity—something indisputably crucial to the well-being of our nation.
Recognizant of the disastrous threats to welfare symptomatic of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Westime family and Schwarzenegger worked harder than ever this year to come together and continue raising money for underprivileged communities—despite barriers present.
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, the co-hosts held their annual fundraiser for Mr. Schwarzenegger’s After-School All-Stars national charity (ASAS), in strict adherence to the safety guidelines required by Los Angeles County’s health and safety protocols for outdoor gatherings. Despite the considerably smaller presence of attendees, their efforts and care ultimately paid off, raising $6.25 million – the event’s record so far.
Commemorated by cowboy hats and western-themed dress, Westime’s sponsorship allowed ASAS to continue providing free, yearlong, virtual and in-person friendly programs for low-income students nationwide. In coordination, both Mr. Schwarzenegger and Mr. Simonian discussed the pre-Covid-19 harrowing reality of America’s financial support structure for underprivileged communities that spiraled into disaster when the pandemic hit. Mobilizing quickly, the partners worked together to do their best in “[providing] basic, essential needs to students, staff, and families”.
Within the walls of the event itself, altruism met well-spirited activities after over a year of lock-down, with some strategic team-ups to inspire the audience. Such interactive experiences included “tasting stations, games, a Henry Jacques perfume experience, and…American Ninja Warrior personality Matt Iseman…to fire up the audience for a live auction”. Westime partners took to the stage with the donations of luxury watches by Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Bulgari, Girard-Perregaux, Breitling, Ulysse Nardin and Dior.