Well Aware Honors Dr. Auma Obama & The Patt Christopher Project with Global Impact Awards
November 1, 2018
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Austin Nonprofit Celebrates Former President Obama’s Half Sister & Local Philanthropists at ‘Rockin’ in a Winter Waterland’ at Central Austin Library on December 1
(Austin, TX)-- Well Aware is pleased to announce that humanitarian, author and activist Dr. Auma Obama, and Dallas philanthropists Newton Hopkins, Caitlin Bonner, Blake Bonner, and Monica Hopkins of The Patt Christopher Project will receive awards at Well Aware’s second annual Global Impact Awards, taking place at the nonprofit’s holiday event, Rockin’ in a Winter Waterland, from 6 to 10 pm on December 1 at the Central Austin Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez St.
Sarah Evans, CEO and Founder of Well Aware, will be presenting the Global Impact Award to Obama, who is based in Kenya. “I became aware of Dr. Auma Obama and her impact early in my work in Kenya and for years was so eager to meet and work with her,” Evans says. “Dr. Obama has been an inspiration both personally and for Well Aware for quite some time. I’m deeply honored to say that we get to work together to provide clean water, community development, and opportunity for so many.”
The Patt Christopher Project founders will be receiving the Ambassador of the Year Award. Through Well Aware’s annual Shower Strike campaign, The Patt Christopher Project has raised more for clean water than any other group in our history. “It’s just incredible to realize that this team has been able to help us provide clean water to 20,000 people,” Evans says. “Well Aware just wouldn’t be the same organization without them."
In addition to the Global Impact Awards, Rockin’ in a Winter Waterland will be celebrating Well Aware’s implementation of 54 clean water projects with a 100 percent success rate, transforming more than 240,000 lives in East Africa. Austin bands Tomar and the FCs and Saints of Valory will be performing, and Evans will emcee the event alongside radio host and writer JB Hager. Last year’s Global Impact Award winner, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, will be in attendance.
General admission tickets, starting at $100, and limited VIP tickets are available here.
About Well Aware
Austin based nonprofit Well Aware builds 100% sustainable water systems in east Africa. To date, Well Aware has impacted more than 220,000 lives through clean water in over 55 communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Additionally, Well Aware has assisted in disaster relief efforts, such as in post Hurricane Harvey Houston with water analysis and filtration support.
About Dr. Auma Obama
Dr Auma Obama was born and raised in Kenya and completed her master’s degree Germany. As a humanitarian, community activist, journalist, and author, Dr. Obama has launched many initiatives to support the growth and development of young people in East Africa. Dr Obama is the founder and CEO of the Sauti Kuu Foundation, which works to self-empower children and adolescents from underprivileged backgrounds in Kenya.
About The Patt Christopher Project
Over the past 10 years, The Patt Christopher Project has raised nearly $200,000 for clean water projects with Well Aware. Made up of Newton Hopkins, his wife Monica Hopkins and sister Caitlin Bonner, The Patt Christopher Project is named in memory of Newton and Caitlin’s mother, Patt Christopher.