THIRST DATE: Walk for Water raises awareness of global water issues — and $120k — at eighth annual Springs Preserve event
More than a thousand walkers, plus volunteers and one mayor gathered in the local desert Sept. 21 to raise awareness of worldwide water issues.
“Who ordered the perfect day?” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman asked the cheerful crowd about to embark on a three-mile trek in the mild morning sunshine at Springs Preserve.
One Drop, an international foundation created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and dedicated to providing access to safe water in the world’s most vulnerable communities, hosts the annual Walk for Water.
It’s been nearly two years since a gunman took the lives of 58 people and wounded hundreds of others at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. But some scars never heal. “It’s actually harder now,” said Debby Allen, whose son, Christopher Roybal, a 28-year-old Navy veteran, was among those killed the night of Oct. 1, 2017. “Initially, the shock of it makes it feel like your life is fuzzy. When the fog fades and you realize this is, in fact, your life, it’s a whole different emotion.”
The Empathy Suite at the Palms offers eye-popping views in every direction. Outside, there’s the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, as seen from the 34th floor. Inside, there are the six stunning original installations by British artist Damien Hirst. Million-dollar views, both. When you look at it that way, the suite’s price tag — $200,000 for a two-night stay — seems like a real bargain.