Thursday 2 July, 2020

Elizabeth Chambers, Tami Maines & Gabriella Khalil raise $80,000

"Cayman has a great heart."

These were the words of philanthropist, Tami Maines, who perfectly summed up the success of yesterday's "Open Palm x Torch'd" charity event that benefited the Cayman Food Bank, No Kid Hungry and the Conscious Kid charities. 

Bartenders made speciality Torch'd Bourbon cocktails for the audience as six participants, Elizabeth-Chambers-Hammer, Tami Maines, Gabriella Khalil, Maeve O'Doherty, Susan Desilva and Janine Martins got "Torch'd" beachside with celebrity trainer, Isaac Boots, via an Instagram Live stream that received close to 12,000 views within the hour.

Hosts, Elizabeth Chambers-Hammer, a culinary entrepreneur, journalist, founder of award-winning Bird Bakery and wife of actor, Armie Hammer; Gabriella Khalil, the Founder and Creative Director of Palm Heights - Grand Cayman; and Tami Maines, philanthropist, equestrian and clean beauty advocate, couldn't have been happier at the end of the day when they received word that the event attracted $80,000 in donations via openpalm.org, with $50,000 to the Cayman Food Bank and the remaining $30,000 to No Kid Hungry and the Conscious Kid. 

The three friends, who do not reside in Cayman year-round but have very special ongoing relationships with the island, found themselves under COVID-lockdown while visiting here in late March. Each of the ladies was happy to get a break from their fast-paced lives in Los Angeles, New York and London and decided to use the opportunity to give back to the community.

Clips from the Torch'd event

"We chose the Cayman Food Bank because we were hearing about the surprising number of families that were struggling to make ends meet," said Chambers-Hammer. "The organization's operating costs are up to $8000 per week and currently only has funding through to mid-July. Funds raised will ensure the food bank can continue to feed families in the community who are hardest hit by COVID-19."

Chambers-Hammer, Maines and Khalil are all also avid supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to raise funds that would have a positive impact from the perspective of education and healthy attitudes to diversity from an early age. After conducting a significant amount of research, they decided to make a donation to the Conscious Kid which, through its Anti-Racism Children’s Book Fund, is dedicated to developing healthy racial identities for children across the US and is promoting inclusion for marginalized groups.

"At the last minute, No Kid Hungry was added to our group of causes to benefit from the event," said Khalil. Launched in 2010 by the not-for-profit, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry is a national campaign against child-hunger.

While Isaac Boots lead the Torch'd workout, Elizabeth, Gabriella, Tami and the three other participants were literally being Torch'd in the blazing hot sun, but spirits were exceptionally high as Armie Hammer frequently updated the donation board throughout the duration of the event.

Loop was also on location at Palm Heights, capturing all of the live-action via Facebook Live.

Open Palm is a charitable initiative set up by Palm Heights Grand Cayman to support environmental initiatives, mitigate hunger, provide coronavirus-related aid and to help youth organizations. For more information or to donate, visit: https://www.openpalm.org/ Donations will be accepted for the next 3 months.

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