Marty Vaughan is turning 40.
But instead of getting the new iPad or any other present wrapped in paper and decorated with a bow, Vaughan wants to bring clean, safe drinking water to a village in a developing nation.
So he's throwing a party Friday and you're invited, to help him make this project a reality and his birthday wish come true.
With the help of the non-profit Charity Water, Vaughan has put together a party that will include five bands and silent auction items that he hopes will raise $5,000 to place a water system in an area in need.
"We've supported Charity Water for a while," Vaughan of himself and wife Tasha, who are members of Southland Christian Church. "What's cool about it is that they have a 100 percent model. All the money contributed goes to water. They have an endowment that funds their operating costs."
Combining his birthday party with a charitable event seemed like the right thing to do, said Vaughan, who teaches at Lafayette High School.
"We're passionate about giving back, and this just seemed like an easy and fun way to do it," he added. "We both have an active and strong faith. And we try to live out the great commission that we put our faith into action."
According to the Charity Water Web site, diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable because their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
Ninety percent of the 30,000 people who die every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children younger than 5, according to the Web site. In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.
"And to think we brush our teeth and just let the water run," said Vaughan. "I hope this event will bring awareness to this issue and will help give people some perspective. When you have this kind of thing brought to your attention, how can you not act?"
The bands performing include: Ben Lacy, Adrea Laroche, the Twiggenburys, Big River Band, Earl's Gone Wild and the Project. Silent auction items include memberships to Lexington Athletic Club and a day at Keeneland.