Debby Ryan, Ashley Argota, Nicole Anderson and More Raise $200,000 at 3rd Annual Thirst Project Gala


Debby Ryan hangs out with Cameron Monaghan and Tahj Mowry at the 3rd Annual Thirst Project in Beverly Hills on Tuesday evening.

Celebrities gathered at the event to raise money and sponsor fresh water wells in developing countries. Pauley Perrette (NCIS) and Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) co-hosted the 3rd Annual Thirst Project Gala which 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.

Joining Debby, Tahj and Cameron at the event were stars like Ashley Argota, Nicole Anderson, Cassie Scerbo, Audrina Patridge, Allie Gonino, Geno Segers, Dylan Riley Snyder, Booboo and Fivel Stewart and more who caused excitement during the live auction and all sponsored fresh water wells to be built in developing countries from Columbia to Uganda to Swaziland.

One of the highlights of the evening came when 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.

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