LAS VEGAS, Nevada, March 20. ON Friday, Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will take part in the festivities for a special one-time only Cirque du Soleil performance at the Bellagio Resort and Casino to raise money for a special global initiative to make water accessible to everyone on the planet.
The “One Night for One Drop” gala will feature a special blue carpet, which will feature many of the celebrities attending the festivities. In addition to Phelps and Franklin, other guests include:
Singer Jackie Evancho
Actress Pamela Anderson
Magician Criss Angel
Film composer Danny Elfman
Olympic rowing champions Mary Whipple and Erin Cafaro.
The event will be the first in what is hoped to be an annual affair. Cirque du Soleil will close all of its Las Vegas shows on Friday to bring attention to the special “One Night for One Drop” performance that will feature more than 230 resident Cirque du Soleil artists and special performers.
The event takes place on World Water Day, and will focus on education and fundraising efforts to “ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever.” According to the One Drop website, more than 300,000 people worldwide have been helped by the organization.
Franklin's attachment to this cause goes along with her other water-related endeavors that don't involve her collecting multiple medals. She's participating in a documentary called “The Current,” which aims to bring to show how swimming in the ocean has helped people with disabilities feel more free and unencumbered by their disability.
As for Phelps, his foundation has been teaching youngsters how to swim in several countries, and his participation in the One Drop event appears to be expanding his charity work.