Bay High Key Club recognized for clean water efforts

Bay High Key Club was recently recognized for its efforts to stop the global water crisis, which included a fundraiser last May to help raise money for a clean water well in South Africa. From left to right are members Michael Muccio, Adam Tenerowicz, Iain Ray, Brendan Spellman and James Cox.

The Bay High Key Club recently received the Legacy Award at the 2021 Thirst Project Legacy Summit. This virtual conference honors school groups that advocate for ending the global water crisis. The Legacy Award recognizes the group that has done the most for this cause by raising awareness, fundraising and campaigning to ensure everyone has safe drinking water.

Bay High Key Club President Angelica Jameson accepted the award on behalf of the club, with Bay High Key Club Thirst Project committee members Lucy Gillette and Mary Catherine Murtaugh also in attendance.

Key Club members, along with the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village and the Bay Village community, raised $12,428 in May with their Virtual Walk for Water fundraiser. Over the last five years, their efforts have raised more than $48,500 to aid in the fight to end the global water shortage.

“The goal is to provide safe, clean drinking water for those in need,” said Anita Bauknecht, Bay High Key Club adviser.

The Legacy Summit, sponsored by the nonprofit organization Thirst Project, is a space where service-minded youth can come together to learn, grow and develop as leaders. Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization.

Karen Uthe Semancik

Karen Uthe Semancik is the communications director for Bay Village Schools.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.03.2021