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Oceana Magazine Fall 2012: Events

Stars Come Out for Fifth Annual SeaChange Summer Party

On July 29th, approximately 400 guests gathered at Karen and Bruce Cahill’s stunning coastal villa in Laguna Beach for the 5th annual SeaChange Summer Party. The event was emceed by Oceana Senior Advisor Alexandra Cousteau and included an insightful speech delivered by Oceana Executive Vice President Jim Simon.

The speaking program also included speeches from such celebrated actors and ocean advocates as Ted Danson, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Aimee Teegarden and Sarah Shahi, in addition to live jazz performed by Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra and surprise guest vocalist Renee Olstead. Other special guests in attendance included Jenna Ushkowitz, Rachael Harris, Steve Howey, Ed Begley Jr., Beverly D’Angelo, Bella Thorne and Graham Phillips. The evening also included a special presentation to the first ever SeaChange Ocean Champions, Tricia and Michael Berns and South Coast Plaza, who were recognized for their loyal support throughout the history of the event.

This year’s anniversary event raised over $1 million for the oceans, thanks in large part to the dedication of co-chairs Eve Kornyei Ruffatto and Oceana board member Valarie Van Cleave, as well as the invaluable assistance of Oceana board member Keith Addis. Additionally, generous support was contributed by SeaChange’s underwriters and partners, which are listed at

Oceana and Christie’s Celebrate Yves Klein and La Revolution Bleue

On May 3rd, Oceana collaborated with international auction house Christie’s to produce a screening at the famed Paris Theatre in New York City. The evening, which also included an after party held at the glamorous Casa Lever restaurant, celebrated both Oceana and the life and legacy of the late French artist, Yves Klein, and was a prelude to the Post War and Contemporary evening sale on May 8th, which included Klein’s masterpiece FC1. The piece was sold for $32.5 million, and Oceana received $1 million from the anonymous seller.

Oceana celebrity ambassador January Jones hosted the screening and after party, which was co-chaired by Stephen Murphy, Brett Gorvy and Loic Gouzer of Christie’s as well as Oceana board members Ted Danson and Susan Rockefeller along with her husband David. Generous support was also provided by the ocean advocates at La Mer.

Oceana’s Board of Directors Gathers in Cardiff

In September, Oceana’s board of directors, executive committee and special guests gathered in Cardiff for the Oceana fall board meeting. The gathering was graciously hosted by Oceana board member and Chair of the Waterloo Foundation Heather Stevens.  Following two days of discussion concerning Oceana’s campaign progress thus far and the strategy for 2013 and beyond, the group gathered for an intimate party at the National Museum of Wales, where they enjoyed cocktails and conversation with special guest Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, celebrity chef, author, television personality and activist.

GQ Gentlemen’s Ball

On Wednesday, October 24th over 250 guests gathered at the IAC building in New York City to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the GQ Gentlemen’s Fund Ball, an event that honors extraordinary men who make a difference, and raises money for the charities they support. Oceana was there thanks to our friends at Nautica who, for the third year in a row, selected Oceana as their partner charity for the event.

During the evening Oceana was represented by two exceptional gentlemen: Oceana board member Michael Northrop and fellow board member and newly-minted Gentlemen’s Fund Ambassador, Ted Danson. Oceana congratulates GQ for five successful years of the Gentlemen’s Fund and is deeply appreciative of our partners at Nautica for enabling our participation in this special event.