The 8th Annual Thirst Gala

by Jeremy & Kyle Klein · May 31, 2017

Inside the 8th annual Thirst Gala at the gorgeous Beverly Hilton hotel on April 18th.

The founder of the Thirst Project, Seth Maxwell, started the charity at age 19 with his college buddies when they heard that over 1 billion people didn't have access to clean water. Now, after 8 years of hard work and a completely unexpected life changing journey, that number has been reduced significantly to 644 million.

The Thirst Project provides wells and clean water to countries that desperately need it. Their goal is to give the entire country of Swaziland clean water by 2022 and use it as a template to prove that the water crisis can be defeated. They also visit schools across the nation to engage young people and challenges over 400,000 students to do something about it. Seth challenged the entire gala audience to try to go through the whole gala without having a sip of water. "I bet you can't do it!"

There was an all star guest list. Celebs like Drake Bell, Cameron Boyce, Jack Griffo, and Laura Marano presented awards to incredible honorees as well as moving performances by Andy Grammar, Aijia Grammer and the band OK Go.

The gala raised over a quarter of a million dollars in one night, and that's not all. There was a live auction where people bid on wells to build in various countries in Africa. This will provide communities with clean water for over forty years. They also teamed up with Morton Salt to create an educational chamber and when someone posted a picture from inside with #MortonxThirst, Morton Salt would donate an extra $100 to the cause. That $100 gives four people in Africa clean water for life.

They had a dope 80's cover band "Past Action Hero" play during the after party! Not to mention a photo wall, an open bar and a desert table! What an exciting night for an outstanding cause.

Text by @ThoseKleinBoyz