A Swing for One Drop: when philanthropy, sports and entertainment unite for access to water

The event raised over $500,000, including a significant donation by The Presidents Cup

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada – The One Drop Foundation is proud of the success of A Swing for One Drop, organized in an unprecedented collaboration between Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and the Presidents Cup. The event raised an exceptional sum of over $500,000.

Organized as part of the Montréal premiere of Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities show in the historic Old Port on May 23, the event attracted over 200 guests who united for a prestigious benefit event preceding the show.

In addition to the evening’s proceeds, the Presidents Cup presented the One Drop Foundation with a donation of $250,000. One Drop was chosen as one of the charitable beneficiaries ahead of the upcoming tournament to be held at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in September.

The funds raised will be used primarily to support One Drop's vital mission, and more specifically the Indigenous Water Allyship Program, aiming to improve the health and living conditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Canada by funding projects for better water access.

"We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with Cirque du Soleil and for their warm welcome in hosting our event. It's heartening to see our shared commitment to making a positive impact on the world. Additionally, we are delighted to have been chosen as one of the supported charities by the Presidents Cup and to kick off their charitable season this year,“ says Lisa Clowery, Co-CEO of the One Drop Foundation.

“With the exceptional contributions from all our partners and donors, we can continue our momentum and drive even greater positive change for water in Canada and globally. Thank you for your unwavering support," added Ernenek Duran, Co-CEO of the One Drop Foundation.

“It is always inspiring to see the Montreal community come together to support causes like One Drop, and we are honored to play a small part in their efforts to improve the health and living conditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Canada,” said Presidents Cup Executive Director Ryan Hart. “This event was a meaningful way to kick off what will be a charitable summer for the Presidents Cup and we are thrilled to continue the tradition of leaving a lasting impact on the community.”

“At Cirque du Soleil, we are deeply committed to the care and well-being of our guests, employees and communities. Throughout our history, we have always taken social engagement very seriously and made sure that our mission is dedicated to making a difference, giving back to the community and helping youth-at-risk with our social programs. In this sense, we’re looking forward to partnering up with the One Drop Foundation for the success of A Swing for One Drop and unite for global access to water”, added Daniel Lamarre, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.

A Swing for One Drop is an initiative which seamlessly blends the artistry of Cirque du Soleil with the global reach of the Presidents Cup, all in support of the life-changing initiatives led by the One Drop Foundation.