LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/30/11 -- On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, celebrities lent a hand to raise awareness and money for the Thirst Project, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries one community at a time.
Seth Maxwell, founder of the Thirst Project, kicked off the 2nd Annual Thirst Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Each year since its inception the celebrity-filled gala has raised thousands of dollars for the organization.
Celebrities and guests in attendance learned how they could get involved and help provide clean, safe drinking water to individuals in developing countries. In turn, celebrities spread the word to their fans. As a thank you for their support, celebrities walked away with gift bags worth thousands of dollars, which were put together by Marketing A Cause's (www.marketingacause.com) founder Mary Noon.
Our celebrity VIP gift bag items included: T-shirts from Junk Food (www.junkfoodclothing.com), lip balm from Rosebud Perfume, hand cream from Episencial, the Blue Buddha necklace from Jewelry For A Cause, eyelash conditioner from Lash Food (www.lashfood.com), organic soaps from Wembe (www.wembe.com), a pair of jeans from H.A.-67 (www.ha-67.com), $100 gift certificate from Anhu (www.ahnu.com), four candles from Infusion Organique (http://infusionorganique.com), a wine tasting gift certificate from Vampire Vineyards (www.vampirevineyards.com), red thorn glass votive from Lazy Susan (www.lazysusanusa.com), stylish designer 3-D glasses from Illusion Eyewear (http://illusioneyewear.com), gift certificate from Native Shoes (www.nativeshoes.com), two-port USB charger from Audiovox (www.audiovox.com), twosome rings by Erica Anenberg, specialty eyelash treatment from GrandeLash-MD (http://grandelashmd.com), bracelets from De Rigueur Designs, chips from Food Should Taste Good, energy drinks from USANA (www.usana.com), Lucas & Nigel water bottle from Beatrix NY (www.beatrixny.com), oven mitts from Jessie Steele, whitening toothpaste from Supersmile, custom jewelry from Devin Krista Jewelry (www.devinkristajewelry.com), tank top from Sugar and Bruno, a bottle of Hint Water, shaving cream from Cremo Cream, a new vitamin-infused water from V-Blast (www.newyorkspringwater.com), the World's Best Movies book from Zagat (www.zagat.com), the anti-bottle from Vapur (http://vapur.us), renewing Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo from Organix (http://beautypureandsimple.com), and a reusable water canister from Tupperware. All VIP gift bags were donated by Oka Bags (www.okabag.com), an LA-based trendy line of clothing accessories made from recycled clothing materials.
Marketing A Cause secured this year's official floral sponsor Teleflora (www.teleflora.com). Teleflora is the world's leading flower delivery service, connecting customers with the nation's best local florists for more than 75 years. All of Teleflora's bouquets are hand-arranged and hand-delivered in keepsake vases by neighborhood florists.
This year's fabulous silent auction items included: a seven-night Caribbean getaway donated by Elite Island Caribbean Resorts, a luxury car rental from Midway Car Rental, a brunch for two courtesy of the famous Peninsula Hotel, a Gospel brunch for six from House of Blues, and a shopping spree from Net-A-Porter. For the women and men who love jewelry, Sigal Gerber, Alexis Bittar, Erica Anenberg, and Lenora Dame donated items to be auctioned off as well. And for the sports enthusiast, we had signed memorabilia from famous sports players. Also auctioned off were gift certificates from Dry Bar, UNITE, Rent The Runway, Kate Somerville, and Groobs Shoes. We have gift sets from Kumi Kookoon, Whish Body, Moroccan Oil, Tokyo Milk, Suki Hair Care, Hillhouse Naturals, SHE, ICON, and Malin + Goetz. Other luxury items include dresses from Naven, silk scarves from Lillian Too, a Samsung Camera from InMotion Entertainment, a coffee machine from Senseo, two adorable watches from Sprout, a travel bag and wallet from J.Fold, a sound system from Altec Lansing, a water filtration system from Cuisinart, a dining set from Butterbell, an electric toothbrush & whitening system from Supersmile, a bathrobe from Chadsworth & Haig, a gorgeous handbag from John Robshaw, and lots more.
The evening began with a fabulous cocktail reception and silent auction at 5:00 p.m. followed by an amazing live auction, gala dinner, and live entertainment.