Actress and performer Laura Marano has been selected to receive the Cameron Boyce Pioneering Spirit Award at the 13th Annual Thirst Gala and 2nd Annual Legacy Ball on October 15.
The event marks the second year in a row that the Thirst Project and Legacy Youth Leadership organizations have partnered to fundraise, following last year’s online event which raised $300,000.
The award, created to honor the late Cameron Boyce, “recognizes the celebrity and/or influencer who best uses their platform to raise awareness and/or fund an end to the global water crisis,” according to the organization. It’s a cause that Marano knows well. She began working with the Thirst Project in 2017 presenting the Power of Youth Award alongside Shane Harper at the 8th Annual Thirst Gala. A year later, Marano hosted a red carpet live stream with Zach Sang before presenting a Volunteers trophy in 2019 opposite Wyatt Olfeff.
She is also recognized for leading campaigns like Thirsty 30 in 2019 which led over 100 different fundraisers and raised over $20,000 for water projects that ensured clean water for life to over 500 people.
Sponsored by Paramount Pictures, United Talent Agency and Nickelodeon, this year’s event will feature Boyce’s parents, Libby and Victor Boyce, and Missi Pyle, among others. The ZOX brand will be honored with a Vision Award for its “significant support in ending the global water crisis and nurturing the next generation of young leaders.”
Thirst Project Founder and CEO Seth Maxwell said, “We are thrilled to build on the momentum from last year’s inaugural event, as our team embarks on an exciting new chapter here at Thirst Project and Legacy Youth Leadership. and we look forward to celebrating the incredible impact young people are having on some of the world’s most pressing issues.