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the thirst gala

The Thirst Gala is an annual fundraising event and photograph/multimedia exhibition held in Los Angeles each June. The Thirst Gala has been hosted by Jennifer Garner, “90210” star AnnaLynne McCord and co-hosted by Chyler Leigh of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, MTV’s “Teen Wolf” star, J.R. Bourne, Pauley Perrette of “NCIS” and Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal Minds”.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping. Throughout the night, guests are provided with multiple donation options, such as live and silent auctions, text-to-give technology and other opportunities.

The 2014 Thirst Gala filled the stunning Beverly Hilton nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. The event attracted an elite group of 600 guests who enjoyed participating in an inspiring, entertaining and life-changing evening that saw over $300,000 raised to give safe, clean drinking water to those who need it most.

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  • over 60 press units
  • 307 million media impressions
  • 92 million digital impressions
  • trended #3 on twitter world wide

this year’s award recipients

pioneering spirit award honorees:

wyck godfrey & mary kerr

Wyck Godfrey, co-founder of Temple Hill Entertainment, has produced many films such as The Twilight Saga, Dear John, Safe Haven, The Fault in Our Stars and The Maze Runner. Along with his wife, Dr. Mary Kerr, Wyck has supported Thirst Project tremendously this last year by donating generously to well projects in Uganda and Swaziland, and by bringing awareness of this ongoing problem to his network of professional and personal relationships.

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governor's award honoree

connor franta

Connor Franta, with 4.1 million YouTube subscribers, strives to be a good role model for young people everywhere by spreading kindness and positivity through humor. In the 3rd quarter of 2014 Connor collaborated with Prizeo to raise nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the Thirst Project. Connor is currently working independent of an MCN and is managed by Andrew Graham.

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