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campaign: Champagne for a Cause
raised in one night: $1,400
mission statement: “We started with the simple idea; create a company that transforms our guilty pleasure into a charitable event. That’s why our goal is to call attention to incredible organizations who are trying to better our planet.”

We’re not the only ones hosting an end-of-year party in NYC to raise money for water projects… in November, Champagne for a Cause brought friends together in SoHo to sip some bubbly and support charity: water’s work.

We caught up with event coordinator Luke Correale to learn more about CFAC and their passion to help:

How’d you hear about charity: water?
One of our team members learned about charity: water at Summit Series. Fast forward a year later, and a friend showed us the charity: water September Campaign 2009 trailer and it blew us away. We couldn’t believe how much charity: water accomplished in such a short period of time. We knew immediately that the charity: water mission was something we wanted to support!

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Tell me a little about Champagne for a Cause… who started it, when and why?
Champagne for a Cause (CFAC) was started by a group of friends in Charleston, S.C., in March 2011 with the simple idea of creating a company that transforms our guilty pleasure into a charitable event. Our goal is to call attention to incredible organizations who are trying to better our planet.

A ‘Champagne (v.) – for a cause’ event is simple; show up, purchase a glass of champagne and have a good time. No tickets, no silents auctions. Simply buy a glass and you’re helping raise money for a good cause. Raising awareness about the cause is a big part of what we do, we want everyone to know what they are drinking for and why it is important.

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Why did you pick charity: water as the non-profit to benefit from your event on Nov. 11?
As millennials ourselves, we are attracted to new and emerging brands, companies and ideas that are truly changing the world. Our generation is the first to grow up with the Internet, and we can use the web as a tool to rapidly achieve huge goals. charity: water appeals to us and calls on our generation to get involved and help make the world a better place.

We believe the world’s water crisis is a very serious problem. No one should be deprived of life’s essentials. We also love that charity: water uses 100% of all donations to bring clean water to people in need and their operating costs are funded by other means, we feel that is extremely important.

What was it like to put the event together?
Planning a CFAC event is exciting. We are constantly meeting new people, learning more about the charities we work with and seeing new places. In the end, we get to attend a great party and have a lot of fun while doing something good. We are a small group of people trying to turn CFAC into something big while also working our normal jobs to pay the bills, so everyone has their own unique talents. We have passion for what we do and when you love what you are doing everything tends to work out.

What was your favorite part of the night?
It’s pretty tough to choose a single highlight. It was nice coming up to NYC from Charleston and seeing old friends, meeting new friends and getting everyone together to support an awesome cause. But it’s awesome, in the midst of a CFAC party, to stand back and realize how many people are toasting champagne, and knowing each glass is going towards a worthwhile cause.

< CFAC’s fun video promo for the event.

Host a night of champagne-sipping with friends. Sell lemonade. Ride your bike. You can do anything to fundraise for clean drinking water. Learn more here >

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