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One Drop Draws Raises More Than $6 Million at Third Annual, One-Night-Only Benefit Featuring John Legend in Las Vegas

One Drop Draws Raises More Than $6 Million at Third Annual, One-Night-Only Benefit Featuring John Legend in Las Vegas
On Friday, March 20, some of the biggest names in entertainment came out to support One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, featuring Academy Award-winning recording artist John Legend (Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com

One Drop performers
One Drop performers

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

The third annual, one-night-only benefit sponsored by MGM Resorts International raised more than $6 million for ONE DROP, the non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté, with all proceeds supporting water access initiatives across the globe.

One Drop performers
One Drop performers

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

The glamorous event brought fantasy to life as more than 100 Cirque du Soleil performers came together for an extraordinary performance directed by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar inside The Beatles LOVE Theatre.

John Legend with One Drop performers
John Legend with One Drop performers

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Legend provided a memorable moment during the show with a special rendition of his smash hit “All of Me,” and closed the show with a standing ovation as he performed “Dreams.”

One Drop performers
One Drop performers

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Notable names in attendance for One Night for ONE DROP included Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté; ONE DROP CEO Catherine B. Bachand; lifestyle expert, designer, model Camila Alves; American pop punk band Plain White T’s; “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Mauricio Umansky, Kyle Richards, Camille Grammar and Faye Resnick; British producer Nigel Lythgoe; President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; UFC Hall of Famer/Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin; British-American actress Jane Seymour; Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman and husband Oscar Goodman; Bree “DJ 88” DeLano; American chef/TV personality Susan Feniger; international Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre; Burlesque superstars Roméo and Lada; Canadian Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu; Professional poker player and TV personality Maria Ho; supermodels Karlina Caune, Constance Jablonski, Valentina Zelyaeva, Daria Strokous and Ginta Lapina; guest performer/solo cellist Philip Sheppard; guest performer/Quixotic violinist Shane Borth; Emmy-award winning choreographer Anita Mann; the ladies of FANTASY; the men of Thunder From Down Under; the cast of ABSINTHE; the cast of ROCK OF AGES and more.

One Drop performers
One Drop performers

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Following the finale, guests made their way to The Mirage Pool for an exclusive after-party where they enjoyed a diverse mix of high-quality entertainment including a special performance by the Plain White T’s, fire breathers, jugglers, tattoo artists and more, with sounds provided by Bree “DJ 88” DeLano.

One Drop performers
One Drop performers

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Throughout the night guests enjoyed champagne, delicious hors d’oeuvres and otherworldly attractions typical of any Cirque du Soleil party.

This year marks a major milestone for ONE DROP as it receives special recognition from the United Nations with the closing of the International Decade for Action on Water (2000-2015). Honored with the ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award, ONE DROP is celebrated specifically for its artistic approach to change behaviors in how people deal with water. For additional information, please visit onedrop.org.

Blue Carpet Photos

Catherine B. Bach and & John Legend
Catherine B. Bach and & John Legend

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Plain White T's
Plain White T’s

Photo credit: Jerry Metellus.

Guy Laliberte & daughter Naima Moreira Laliberte
Guy Laliberte & daughter Naima Moreira Laliberte

Photo credit: Jerry Metellus.

Thunder From Down Under
Thunder From Down Under

Photo credit: Jerry Metellus.

Anita Mann & the ladies of FANTASY
Anita Mann & the ladies of FANTASY

Photo credit: Jerry Metellus.

Oscar & Carolyn Goodman
Oscar & Carolyn Goodman

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Cast of ABSINTHE: Gazllionaire, Melody Sweet and Penny Pibbets
Cast of ABSINTHE: Gazllionaire, Melody Sweet and Penny Pibbets

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre
President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

One Drop Artists
One Drop Artists

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

One Drop Artists
One Drop Artists

Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe

Photo credit: Jerry Metellus.