Water Party MIA 2013 came to life at The Collection in Coral Gables on Dec. 7 where guests celebrated with music, food from some of Miami’s most remarkable restaurants, drinks, raffles, and a silent auction, in an effort to raise funds to bring clean, safe drinking water to those less fortunate.
With a goal of raising more than $10,000, they exceeded that by raising $10,700 thanks to four of Miami’s philanthropic women — Brenda Cortes, Denise Erwin, Farrah Marin and Tania Marin — who joined forces to produce this event. While all four are professional career-driven women, they jointly make time every year to orchestrate a Charity:water fundraiser.
The reasoning is simple: they feel that the base of all needs is water — if others have no access to clean water then they absolutely have no chance for survival. Their first Water Party MIA was hosted in 2011 and raised enough for one well. Earlier this year this water well came to fruition in the GVH Kamenya Community in Malawi and now serves 42 people. Additional moneys from that year’s Water Party MIA alongside 25 other Charity:water campaigns sponsored a Piped Water System — Tap Stand in the Motilanto community in Ethiopia where 438 people are served.
Funds raised that night will bring to fruition two water projects benefiting a few communities in Orissa, India via the nonprofit Charity:water. Charity:water, a nonprofit organization based out of New York, has funded year-to-date 9,458 water projects in 20 countries. It is one of the few non-profits who utilize 100 percent of its funds to implement the creation of the water projects. After about 18 months, the organization provides its sponsors/donors with a complete report, which includes GPS coordinates, pictures, and all the details as to who exactly will benefit from the new source of water.