For Water Mission supporters Zach and Kristin Duke, raising much-needed awareness of the global water crisis starts with those closest to them. On June 30, the couple — joined by several of Zach’s Cincinnati Reds teammates and their spouses — hosted an evening on the rooftop of the historic Phelps Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Zach and Kristin were joined by an intimate group of fans and friends to dine, mingle, and bid on memorabilia items to support Water Mission.
Guests enjoyed a special menu and an auction packed with baseball memorabilia, VIP ballpark experiences, local and national sports items, wine lots from some of California’s elite producers, and travel opportunities to Napa, Sonoma, and Italy.
The event was a great example of how a fun evening with friends can result in raising much-needed awareness of the global water crisis. Water Mission is grateful to the Duke family, Blake Niehoff (Uncork for a Cause), ISE Sports, and all the MLB players who helped make this event memorable.
But one of the most impressive takeaways of the evening was Zach and Kristin’s passion for Water Mission and their incredible grasp of the global water crisis. Their heart for people and their understanding of the critical need for clean, safe water is made evident in our interview with Kristin below:
Water Mission: You and Zach recently traveled to Haiti with Water Mission to advocate for communities who lack access to safe water. What was the most meaningful part of the trip for you?
Kristin Duke: It was meaningful to meet the community members in person. We have been supporting Water Mission and an orphanage near Cap Haitian for a few years now. We knew that both organizations did amazing work for the people of Haiti. However, it was eye-opening in a completely new way to hold the orphans and meet the local community that was being directly impacted by the clean, safe water that Water Mission was providing. Zach and I have never felt more blessed to be a small part of what Water Mission does: to witness God’s grace and redemption by witnessing people helping people.
WM: From your perspective, how does access to safe water change lives?
KD: Safe water is obviously crucial for the health of an individual, but safe water also enriches the community by giving people hope, pride, and integrity. Providing solutions for clean, safe water eliminates at least one of the daily struggles people in developing countries face.
WM: The event you and Zach hosted on June 30 benefited Water Mission’s safe water and sanitation projects. Can you share more on this event and how it will bring safe water to more people?
KD: Zach and I hoped that our event would raise both awareness and funds to support Water Mission and its continued efforts to bring safe water and sanitation to those in need. Water Mission does incredible work around the world and we want others to have the same opportunity as we have had to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We couldn’t think of a better partnership than using “America’s favorite pastime” as a bridge to help others all over the world. Zach and I were pleased that MLB fans and several of his teammates joined us for an evening at a beautiful rooftop restaurant overlooking the city as we raised funds to support Water Mission.
We are thankful for the Dukes’ advocacy and partnership, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their support in Haiti.