Though she claimed it didn't really feel "all that different" to be another year older, the young lady made a mature decision, asking her guests for donations in lieu of gifts, to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation. Guests raised more than $2,000 for the cause.
"My mom had a book on [the foundation], and I read it for school and really liked it," Cypress said. "It brings awareness and tries to fight child sex slavery in Somalia. I realized how fortunate I am -- and wanted to give back. Besides, I didn't really need anything."
As she blew out her 16 candles and made her wish, Cypress was serenaded a cappella by her dad singing a "Happy Birthday" song.