Adrian Grenier Speaks About Global Water Crisis at Charity: Water Gala (Video)

In an exclusive interview, Adrian Grenier speaks to the global water crisis and why he supports charity: water. Video: Emma Grady

In New York City Monday night, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier hosted charity: water's annual ball to benefit the non-profit's global clean water projects.

The star-studded gala, attended by eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes, Mad Men's John Slattery, model Jessica Stam, and more, raised over $1 million in one evening, with 100% of all donations directly funding projects in the field.

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Charity: water founder Scott Harrison speaks to gala attendees. Photo: Emma Grady

Guests engaged with interactive and informative exhibits, including a Waterwalk which gave attendees an opportunity to see what it's like to carry two 40lb jerry cans of water a distance of 52 feet--a fraction of what some people in Africa might walk to gather enough water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking.

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Summer Rayne Oakes does the Waterwalk. Photo: Emma Grady

Summer Rayne Oakes, Adrian Grenier and many others participated in the Waterwalk, and each time charity: water sponsors donated $180 to the cause.

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Images show the Bayaka, the people living in Jerusalem Village, in Central African Republic, who were the first to get clean water through charity: water's September Campaign. Photo: Emma Grady
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Adrian Grenier hosts charity: ball. Photo: Emma Grady

In conversation, Grenier spoke to how charity: water, with their interactive maps and GPS systems, is the charity of the future. He also stated that the easiest way to get involved is by visiting charity: water.

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