15th Annual Thirst Gala Raises Funds and Honors Changemakers

The 15th Annual Thirst Gala, held on May 18th, 2024, at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel, was a night of glamour, purpose, and positive change. This annual event is a cornerstone of Thirst Project’s fundraising efforts, bringing together donors, partners, celebrities, and supporters for a night dedicated to ending the global water crisis.

Jaime King, Ted Gibson, Seth Maxwell

A Night of Recognition and Impact

The gala served as a platform to celebrate Thirst Project’s achievements and recognize the individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization’s mission. Following the tradition of previous years, hosted by stars like Jennifer Garner and Pauley Perrette, the event featured presentations from renowned figures. This year’s attendees might have even spotted celebrities like Adam Sandler, Kristen Stewart, or Bryce Dallas Howard. The evening was further enlivened by musical performances from popular artists like Gavin DeGraw, OKGO, and Andy Grammer.

Honoring a Champion: Ted Gibson Wins Prestigious Award

One of the most heartwarming moments of the night was the presentation of the Cameron Boyce Pioneering Spirit Award. This year’s recipient was Ted Gibson, a hairstylist who has become a force for good in the fight for clean water. Since his first encounter with Thirst Project at the North American Hairstylist Awards in 2015, Gibson’s dedication has been unwavering. Notably, he raised a staggering amount – a thousand dollars in under a minute – showcasing his unwavering commitment to the cause.

Lance Bass & Michael Turchin

Gibson’s journey with Thirst Project continued when he funded a clean water project at the 2018 Thirst Gala, inspired by the previous year’s Pioneering Spirit Award recipient, Cameron Boyce. His influence extended beyond personal contributions. In 2019, he played a pivotal role in bringing Thirst Project to the opening of his Starring Smart Salon. Furthermore, his connections within the industry have resulted in partnerships between Thirst Project and other colleagues and brands.

Ted Gibson’s unwavering support has demonstrably improved the lives of countless individuals. To date, his efforts have provided access to safe, clean water for over 1,000 people. Even more significantly, he has significantly increased public awareness of Thirst Project’s efforts to end the global water crisis.

Gregori Martin

Funding the Future: Clean Water for All

The 15th Annual Thirst Gala was a resounding success, raising over $220,000. These funds will be used to build at least 18 new clean water wells across Kenya, Eswatini, and El Salvador. These projects will have a life-changing impact, providing access to clean water for thousands of people, empowering communities, and promoting better health outcomes.

A Celebration of Progress, A Call to Action

The Thirst Project’s 15th Annual Gala was a night of celebration, but it also served as a powerful reminder of the ongoing water crisis. Over 785 million people globally lack access to clean water, a basic human right. The Thirst Project remains dedicated to solving this issue, and the success of the Gala signifies the collective power of dedicated individuals like Ted Gibson and all the event’s attendees. The fight for clean water is far from over, but with continued support and fundraising efforts like the Thirst Gala, a world where everyone has access to this essential resource is within reach.

Photo credit: Gonzalo Marroquin W //Getty Images

Kristos Andrews
  1. Thirst Project Official Website: This is the main platform where you can learn about the mission, impact, and ways to get involved with the Thirst Project. It includes details on ongoing projects, fundraising efforts, and educational resources. Thirst Project Official Website
  2. Thirst Foundation LinkedIn: Connect with the Thirst Foundation on LinkedIn to stay updated on their latest news, network with community members, and discover professional opportunities related to their initiatives. Thirst Foundation on LinkedIn
  3. Donate to Thirst Project: Direct link to provide financial support. Donations fund the construction of sustainable water projects worldwide. Donate to Thirst Project
  4. Thirst Project on Wikipedia: A comprehensive overview of the Thirst Project, including its history, goals, and achievements in addressing the global water crisis. Thirst Project on Wikipedia
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