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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Ellis Goes 'Psycho' For Clean Water

Mary Elizabeth Ellis Goes 'Psycho' For Clean Water

Star Of 'The Grinder' And 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Joins International Strike Against Bathing

AUSTIN, Texas, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mary Elizabeth Ellis, star of Fox's "The Grinder" joins a global water strike and vows not to take a bath until enough funds are raised to build water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya through the nonprofit Well Aware.

In addition to boycotting bathing, Ellis relates the horror of living without water by starring in film director Mo Perkins' cheeky adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's iconic "Psycho" shower scene with a twist. This time the blonde is a victim of no water rather than a knife-wielding killer.

Ellis and Perkins are joining Well Aware's Shower Strike, an international fundraiser that recruits volunteers to "stink it up" and not bathe for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water in Africa. The campaign's overall goal is to raise $150,000, which will provide clean water to more than 15,000 people.

"I believe that Well Aware's Shower Strike is an incredible way to save lives," said Ellis. "Clean water is the foundation for education, disease eradication, gender equality and economic stability. For the people we are helping, a clean drink of water is a luxury. A shower is unheard of. It's the least we can do to skip our showers for a week or less so that others can survive."

Every $10 raised during Shower Strike provides clean water to a person for 20 to 30 years. A team that raises $1,000 is giving the gift of water to 100 people. Well Aware also offers the chance for anyone to help the cause by donating through

About Well Aware
Founded in 2006, Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact. The model combines community involvement, strategic non-governmental organization partnerships, technical expertise, and impact measurement to create sustainable solutions that drive economic development and nurture self-sufficient communities. For more information about Well Aware, visit

CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Mary Elizabeth Ellis or other strikers, contact Lisa Griffin, Griffin Media Management, at or 202-627-9109

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