Last week, Travel & Give teamed up with The Vanderpump Rules cast for the fourth annual Travel with a Purpose Fundraiser with Lisa Vanderpump charity event at the posh Tom Tom restaurant. Co-stars of the reality show, Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval, who co-own the restaurant in West Hollywood were in attendance as well Lisa Vanderpump, Lala Kent, Ariana Madix, Richardson Chery and Katie Maloney.
The fundraising efforts were to not only raise money for Travel & Give’s Teletherapy Program (to help children in Kenya and Haiti with speech, mental and physical disabilities) but to also provide a financial opportunity to those families who were recently affected by the devastating earthquake Haiti experienced in August. A portion of the proceeds went to the CHF Foundation (which aids communities in Haiti affected by the crippling earthquake on August 14, which affected over 800,000 people in the country’s southwestern peninsula. According to the World Food Programme, 77% of people in the affected area live in poverty.)
Popular personalities such as Garcelle Beauvais, Ken Todd, Jennifer Williams, Tamika J. and Ashley Alexiss came out to the event to show support of the cause. A red carpet was held briefly before guests entered the event where the Knockturnal talked to Tom Schwartz on the bar drama that took place last season. Schwartz said that “it’ll get worse before it gets better” and he’s “stuck in the middle per usual.” He opened up saying that it’s been difficult to establish a personal vs. business relationship with Sandoval. However, after the duo compartmentalized priorities of their on and off screen relationship, they were able to have healthier boundaries throughout the pandemic. Schwartz went on to say that the good news is that “Sandy’s and Schwartz” a new restaurant venture they’re partnering up for again is in the works and will be located in Franklin Village (one of Schwartz favorite LA areas.)
Inside, the low lit bar was fully stocked with signature cocktails and wines as guests enjoyed horderves such as spicy cauliflower ‘wings’, kobe sliders, steak tacos and Tom Tom’s signature Farmer’s Market Board. A performance by The Voice’s Tamika J. got the crowd going as bidders competed in the silent auction and were encouraged to donate. Gift baskets included items from Vanderpump Dogs, a beauty basket from Lala Kent’s ‘Give Them Lala’ line, a class pack variety from LA favorite, Barry’s Bootcamp; a private yoga session with Samora, and an assortment of Chaz Dean hair products.
To donate, you can go to travelandgive.com
ABOUT TRAVEL & GIVE
Travel & Give (501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization) was established 2017 and works to improve the quality of life of youths in developing countries, with speech, learning, mental, and physical disabilities through direct services, advocacy, and training-based service projects. With it’s Telehealth program, staff in Haiti and Kenya will gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify children with delays, and apply basic therapeutic strategies with the support of volunteers.