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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from August 09, 2016
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


By Dr. Adele Zorn

Some of the cast of One Night for One Drop show

A remarkable night was experienced by those who attended One Night for One Drop Gala. I would say this is the best of the best show and event that happens in Las Vegas annually. That is saying much as there are so many wonderful shows and events here in Vegas, but none ever tops One Night for One Drop. This is the fourth edition and the first three were held at “O” Theatre at Bellagio, “Michael Jackson One” Theatre at Mandalay Bay and the “Love” Theatre at The Mirage last year. I attended last year’s One Night for One Drop Gala and marveled at that event and now again, this year’s event was absolutely the tops. How can it not be great when all those involved give of not only their talents, but of their hearts. Five hundred people are involved at the event with 150 with the show. About 120 performers from Cirque Du Soleil shows on the Las Vegas Strip put on a two hour show in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Not only was the night so great, but the cause and fundraiser it represents making Dreams Come True by bringing the lifeblood of clean water to developing countries and to all countries around the world. Jerry Nadal Senior Vice-President of Cirque du Soleil and Board member of One Drop USA spoke to the audience and videos were shown of impoverished villages where water is not available and causes pathetic children sickness and death. This inspired audience donors to readily voice their donations to One Drop making the fundraiser so successful by bringing in $6.5 million. This One Drop’s water-access initiative in it’s four year event has now raised a total of $24.2 million.

Absinthe stars at One Drop for One Night Pre-show Reception

Illusionist Criss Angel - one of the notable guests attending

Some of the biggest names in entertainment came out to support One Night for One Drop by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, joining featured performers, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis and TV star Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown as they raised funds and awareness for critical water issues worldwide. Presented by MGM Resorts International, McLaren Automotive and, the star-studded benefit generated $6.5 million for ONE DROP’s global water initiatives, with all proceeds supporting water access and conservation programs across the globe. The dazzling, one-night-only experience was inspired by events that reflected the personal story of artistic director Hassan El Hajjami. While visiting his grandmother in Morocco he walked with her and came to understand that she had to struggle and walk to get water every day, because there was no running water in the village. It had a profound effect on him and he realized the need for one of the world’s most important causes – safe and sustainable water access to all throughout the world.
This personal story was the basis for the very touching performance that was presented that evening.
The show’s story begins in a village in Africa and focuses on a small family – mother father and little boy. One day, the mother isn’t feeling well so the little boy begs his father to let him go fetch water from the well. His father is proud of his son but reminds him of the dangers. After a long trip the boy arrives at the well and throws his bucket in to get the water, but his bucket remains empty so he leans into the well and accidentally falls in. The villagers desperately try to save the little boy before it is too late, but the boy seems to have fallen into another world and this thrusts him into many magical worlds, both good and bad. Amazing performances sets, musicians, music, dance, songs, fire and so much more are brought into this incredible production by an amazing production team headed by producer Russell Petroni. GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis; TV stars Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown and Marsai Martin from ABC’s Blackish were featured performers. Leona Lewis captivated the audience with an unforgettable, extremely powerful rendition of her smash hit single “Bleeding Love,” concluding the show with a standing ovation as she performed one of her latest chart-topping hits “Thunder.”

Blackish TV star Marsai Martin at 'One Night for One Drop'

Blackish TV star Miles "Baby Boogaloo" Brown at One Drop

Prior to the show a pre- reception was held at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center and after the show the Alice in Wonderland-themed After-party was held in a parking lot tent adjoining Smith Center that accommodated more than 2,000 people. At the pre-reception guests savored unlimited cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by world-famous chefs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla and renowned restaurants Wolfgang Puck, Milos, STK, PBR Rock Bar, Border Grill, Ethel M, HEXX, Spin Spun, Espresso Amore and more. Many Cirque du Soleil characters were roving around for the amusement of the guests. Following the performance the festivities continued at the exclusive After-party with food and drink where they enjoyed an eclectic mix of world-class entertainment including a special performance by GRAMMY-nominated singer- songwriter Natasha Bedingfield. Bands such as Zowie Bowie and other performances kept guests, show and production performers and others dancing and having fun until the wee hours.

Guest enjoying Pre-show Reception at Keep Memory Alive Event Center

Silent Auction at Pre-show Reception at Keep Memory Alive Event Center

Characters from show roving about during Pre-show Reception

At After-Party event Susan Houston with Dr. Adele Zorn

One Night for One Drop was a star-studded gala and some notable names attending were: Star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe Leakes; GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield; Michael Jackson’s long-time, Emmy- nominated choreographer Travis Payne; world-famous illusionist Criss Angel; TV star Katherine Bailess from VH1’s Hit the Floor; world-famous dance crew JABBAWOCKEEZ; world-famous magician and winner of the ninth season of America’s Got Talent Mat Franco; world-famous model Constance Jablonski; co-host of The Real and fashion correspondent for NBC’s Today show Jeannie Mai; TV personality Jaymes Vaughan; Las Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno; star on CNBC’s Money Talks Steve Stevens and fiancée Kelly Tuttle; reality TV star Angelique “Frenchy” Morgan; cast members of ROCK OF AGES; cast members of JERSEY BOYS; cast members of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET; cast members of ABSINTHE; Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman and her husband Oscar Goodman; the FANTASY girls at Luxor; renowned Las Vegas headliner Zowie Bowie; renowned actress, producer and creator of the hit YouTube page “The Southern Women Channel” Julia Fowler; President of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; Chairman of the Board at Cirque du Soleil Mitch Garber; world-famous poker player Daniel Negreanu; Bree “DJ 88” DeLano; FINA gold medalists and synchronized swimmers in “O” by Cirque du Soleil Christina Jones and Bill May; Olympic gold medalists Esther Lofgren and Susan Francia; contemporary artist Robin Slonina and renowned dancers from the Nevada Ballet Theater Alissa Dale, Joshua Kekoa, Krista Baker and Jordan Mendoza and many, many others.

Stiltwalker roving about at Pre-Show Reception

Dr. Adele Zorn- One Drop Alice in Wonderland After-party- One Drop hashtag

ONE DROP™ is an international non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil® founder Guy Laliberté. At the core of One Drop mission is water as a transformative force to improve living conditions, as well as give communities the ability to care for themselves and their family. ONE DROP believes in the combined power of safe water for consumption and production while inspiring behavioral change towards water and proper hygiene practices by creating a lasting understanding through social arts. To do this, ONE DROP has developed the unique A·B·C for Sustainability™ intervention approach, A-Access - B-Behavior – C-Capital - a winning combination of strategic and operational initiatives designed to address access to safe water.

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