'Mean Girls' Cast to be Honored at Jonathan Bennett-Hosted Thirst Project Concert Telethon

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Thirst Project, a youth-led water activism organization, has announced the details for its first virtual gala, Thirst Project Concert Telethon, scheduled for Oct. 3.

The Tea Drops-presented event, replacing the annual Thirst Gala, will be hosted by Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett and will feature a performance by Chris Daughtry and appearances by Missi Pyle, AJ Gibson and Daveed Diggs, among others. The telethon's top honor, the Cameron Boyce Pioneering Spirit Award, will be presented to several cast members of Mean Girls for their #MeanGirlsDoGood campaign.

Bennett, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert participated in the campaign last year to help raise funds to build a well for a village in Uganda. The successful effort helped bring water to 500 residents. The award was previously called the Pioneering Spirit Award but was renamed in honor of the late actor Boyce, a longtime supporter of Thirst Project. It will be presented this year by his parents.

Said founder and CEO Seth Maxwell: “While we are so sad that we cannot gather together in person for the biggest night of our year, I’m so grateful that we are still able to virtually come together to raise more critical awareness and support to end the global water crisis. The work we’re doing in rural, developing communities is imperative to protecting those most vulnerable to COVID-19. How can you fight this virus if you do not have access to safe, clean water, and cannot even wash your hands?”

More information about the event can be found here.