More than 600 guests and celebrities packed the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night, June 26, for the third annual Thirst Project Gala to honor those individuals doing their part to bring safe, clean drinking water to impoverished communities in the developing world.
A movement of high school and college-level students, the Thirst Project raises awareness about the world’s clean water crisis by educating the public through school curriculum and local speaking engagements and public exhibitions.
During the red-carpet arrivals, several celebrity attendees spoke with TakePart TV about the importance of raising awareness about the world water crisis.
“Money and time well spent,” said NCIS star Pauley Perrette. “That’s the thing about the Thirst Project—you donate and you help and these wells are getting built and these people are getting helped. They asked me to host the even tonight and I said I’d do whatever you need.”
“The Thirst Project has done a tremendous job at getting out the word about the water crisis,” said American Idol alum Taryn Southern.
*N Sync star Lance Bass, who presented the evening’s Volunteer Award to TakePart TV’s very own Shiran Witt, agreed, calling the Thirst Project “an incredible foundation.”
Other celebrity attendees included Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), Kirsten Vangness (Criminal Minds), Josh Sussman (Glee), and Michael Welch (Twilight).
“It’s a little bit overwhelming to be honest with you,” said Seth Maxwell, who founded the Thirst Project in 2008. “It’s been just really amazing to see so many people resonate with something you deeply care about.”
Visit the Thirst Project to learn more about how you can deliver water, the most basic of human rights, to those who most need it around the world.
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An Angelino by way of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Sal holds a Political Science degree from George Washington University. Though he began his career in sports, he's written about all things environment since 2007. @SalCardoni | Email Sal