Ken used his 50th birthday to raise $84,960 for clean water projects in Ethiopia and his 51st birthday to raise $39,093 for Central African Republic.

He's an entertainment lawyer at Hertz & Lichtenstein and a principal in an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm called memBrain. He's great. He and his wife, Teri, became supporters of the Well, a membership program that funds our operating costs, after hearing Scott speak in 2009. They have continued to both give generously and connect us with others since then (we actually have Ken to thank for Will and Jada Smith's campaign -- which raised $789,088). We're honored to have him and his wife involved in what we're doing.


Why did you decide to do a birthday campaign for clean water? I met Scott through a mutual friend and his story inspired me. More importantly, charity: water makes sense; it’s a simple solution to a devastating problem. "Water changes everything." Money can, in this instance, make a real, immediate and measurable difference.

Name your top three mandatory birthday treats/indulgences. Sleep. Family. Friends. In that order.

Most embarrassing birthday wish you've ever made?  I once wished my parents would give me my sister's room (she had her own TV set).

Which birthday do you remember looking forward to most -- and why? My 16th. I inherited my father's mustard yellow Chevy Vega.

Which birthday would you love to re-live -- and why? I would love to turn 21 again. Not get drunk. Not get sick. Not have a hangover. Remember what was said. That sort of thing. 

Best birthday surprise you've ever received? The response to my first charity: water campaign. One email = $80,000

Most unusual birthday gift you've ever received? At my 50th birthday celebration, my friend Tommy dressed up in a leotard and heels and performed a rewritten version of Put a Ring on It a la Beyoncé Knowles.