Charlie used his 30th birthday to raise $59,700 for clean water projects in Ethiopia.
He's an Executive Producer and one of our favorite people in LA. He's been a supporter of the Well, a membership program that funds our operating costs, since December 2011 and has a huge heart and personality. Perfect example of both: this past year, Charlie turned his 30th birthday party into an unbelievable, Disneyesque wonder-world called Charlieland (we're talking ferris wheels and zip lines over the house here) in an effort to raise money and bring clean water to people in Ethiopia. Not only did 400 people attend, but Charlie raised enough to build six new wells. He was the biggest individual fundraiser this past holiday season and continues to inspire and make us laugh often.
CHARLIE'S TAKE ON BIRTHDAYS:
Why did you decide to do a birthday campaign for clean water? Because Scott Harrison made me... just kidding. I decided to do my birthday for charity: water because there’s no gift in the world that is as meaningful or everlasting as life and happiness. Water brings life, parties bring happiness, and I wanted to have it all. So it was a no-brainer.
How seriously do you embrace the spotlight on your birthday? Well I built a theme park on my property, named it after myself and wore a purple velvet jacket, so I would say I sufficiently “embraced” the spotlight.
Name your top three mandatory birthday treats/indulgences. Hot chocolate, rice krispy treats and steak.
Which birthday do you remember looking forward to most -- and why? 30 because it was the first birthday I threw for myself. I invited everyone I’ve ever wanted to have at a party, and at the end of the night I got the greatest present of all when the folks at charity: water told me how much money we had raised.
Most unusual birthday gift you’ve ever received? Every year my best friends send me a pretend magazine cover making fun of me and everything ridiculous that I did that year. And every year I have to explain all the embarrassing stuff to my family.