Pauley Perrette (NCIS) and Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) co-hosted the 3rd Annual Thirst Project Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday, June 26th,2012. The event raised approximately $200,000 thanks in large part to the evenings’ events including a star-studded, exciting live auction where celebrities competed to sponsor wells for countries in need of clean water. TakePart TV live streamed the red carpet and gala.
Debby Ryan, Audrina Patridge, Tahj Mowry, Charisma Carpenter, Allie Gonino, Cassie Scerbo, Cameron Monaghan, Nicole Anderson, Ashley Argota, and more caused excitement during the live auction and all sponsored fresh water wells to be built in developing countries from Columbia to Uganda to Swaziland. Presenters for the evening included: Lance Bass (musical artist), Josh Sussman (Glee), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Charisma Carpenter (The Lying Game), Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf), and Tahj Mowry (Baby Daddy) to honor those that have dedicated countless hours to The Thirst Project and its mission.
Additonally, Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Michael Welch (Twilight movie saga) presented Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Nathan West (actor/director) with the Pioneering Spirit Award for all the time they have committed to The Thirst Project in the last 3 years by sponsoring wells, participating in a variety of events and speaking on behalf of the organization in order to heighten the profile of the global water crisis throughout the media.
The Thirst Project is a growing movement aimed at building fresh water wells in communities suffering from the global water crisis. Started by college students, the Thirst Project now reaches out to colleges and high schools to educate their students on the nearly 1 billion people who still do not have access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. In less than 3 years, its members have reached over 500,000 students and in turn raised $1.3 mil. This money has provided 50,000 people with drinkable water. In these communities, disease, child mortality and AIDS drop dramatically thanks to the clean water wells.
To learn more about the project, visit http://www.thirstproject.org/.