‘One Drop’ for humanity

WAG readers know that Swiss luxury skincare line Valmont is a big supporter of One Drop, an international foundation created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté to ensure sustainable access to safe water and sanitation in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Recently, the nonprofit became a larger drop in the bucket with a sold-out charity performance at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. For the first time, “One Night for One Drop, Imagined by Cirque du Soleil” will be broadcast on CBS (Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m.). “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier and Olympic figure skating gold medalist and commentator Tara Lipinski will host the broadcast of the event, co-written and directed by André Kasten and Leah Moyer, with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Strip headliner Blue Man Group, choreographers Andrew Winghart and Alexander Ekman, and Keone and Mari, who have orchestrated pieces to echo this year’s theme of human connection, friendship, nature, love and loss.

One Drop raised more than $1 million dollars from the live auction and pledge session organized during the event. Among the extravagant lots offered at the auction, the McLaren 570S Spider raised $310,000. The specially designed and manufactured McLaren 570S Spider in Muriwai White, dubbed the “2019 One Night for One Drop 1 of 1” is part of the exclusive six car collection “Racing Through the Ages” bespoke by McLaren MSO (McLaren Special Operations) in the United Kingdom.

Audemars Piguet, a committed supporter of the One Drop Foundation for the last 10 years, created a unique and dedicated Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph specifically for the event that raised $220,000. The other four auction lots offered exceptional travel experiences, including a voyage aboard The World, the largest privately-owned residential yacht on the planet, which raised $28,000; a secluded St. Tropez getaway in a private château that raised $60,000; a private jet to the Turks & Caicos and villa at COMO Parrot Cay that raised $80,000; and a Serengeti safari-living experience in Tanzania and “Male Cheetah” bronze sculpture by artist Richard MacDonald that raised $100,000.

All proceeds from these auction items directly support One Drop’s safe water access initiatives around the world and educational efforts throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

For more, visit  onedrop.org/en/.

— Georgette Gouveia

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