Though the non-profit organization, Charity Water, is only three years old, I don’t think you could find a person in city who would say they haven’t made a splash in the New York charity circuit while also aiding thousands of people with over 1000 water projects in 13 developing nations including Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Rwanda.
As Adrian guided the program, our friend Richie Rich drank his “bubbles” and brought his usual cheer, “The Hills” actors Whitney Port and Olivia Palermo scmoozed as cameras for their new show “The City” tagged along, model Camilla Barungi educated others about the benefits of the African Moringa supplement, designer Keith Lissner mingled with other fashion forwards, and our favorite crew of Scott, Naeem, Liam McMullan and Lydia Hearst surveyed the scene.
Following the tradition from last year’s gala, a runway was set up where brave souls carried 80 pounds of water in gas tanks from one end to the other to symbolize how the people in places such as Ethiopia must carry dirty water (to drink) in these empty gas containers. We carried a few jugs ourselves with each jug generating $40 dollars in donations from a corporate sponsor (they were heavy even for Olympians!).
Highlights of the night included commiserating with musician Amos Lee (who performed at the gala) about life on the road, listening to Charity Water’s founder Scott Harrison’s tell about his incredible journey from a New York scene promoter to philanthropist as he thanked the gathered crowd, and chatting with the very nice Adrian Grenier about the Olympics and Charity Water.
Lastly, we would be remiss if we failed to mention that we are looking forward to more fun at the Guest of a Guest Holiday party tonight!