Oceana Magazine Summer 2014: Events
Oceana Event in NYC
Oceana held its second annual New York fundraising event on April 8, at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, where guests donated nearly $1 million for ocean conservation. Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and Susan and David Rockefeller hosted the event, and longtime Oceana supporter Adrian Grenier also attended.
The evening honored philanthropist and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He recently made a five-year, $53 million commitment to restore and improve fishery productivity in Brazil, the Philippines and Chile. This unique approach will reform the management of industrial fishing and small-scale fishing simultaneously, coordinating two proven tools for the first time, while also designing ways private capital can help facilitate those reforms. Oceana is one of three organizations receiving this grant, chosen on the basis of our record of demonstrated achievements in obtaining national policy change to protect the oceans as a source of food and as a vibrant ecosystem.
“Oceana’s impressive record is the reason that Bloomberg Philanthropies decided to partner with it when we set out to help solve one of the most critical threats to our oceans, and that is overfishing,” said Bloomberg. “More than ever, the oceans are a source of income and food for people around the world — so when ocean life is threatened and human life is threatened, we can’t let that happen.”
Beach House Event
On May 16, more than 250 guests and celebrity supporters joined Oceana, Nautica, and LA Confidential in Santa Monica for the second-annual Nautica Oceana Beach House. The event highlighted Oceana’s campaign successes and the program featured remarks from Oceana Board Members Ted Danson and Keith Addis and event co-hosts Miranda Cosgrove and Austin Nichols. Following the remarks, guests enjoyed musical performances from Drake Bell and DJ Connor Cruise, along with drinks from Chandon, Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Suja Juice. Additionally, celebrity guests like Angela Kinsey, Sam Trammell, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chloe Bennet and Perrey Reeves joined the program participants in signing a “Maya Gabeira” edition balsa wood surfboard donated by Yana Surf that was later auctioned off to benefit Oceana.
Junior Ocean Council
On March 12, leaders from London’s fashion, music, finance, culinary, and art worlds gathered in London to celebrate the launch of Oceana’s Junior Council. Hosted by Junior Chairs Benjamin Goldsmith and Stephanie Bilet, the evening featured an acoustic performance from platinum-selling artist Newton Faulkner, art created specifically for the event by artists from the eco-art house STITCH, and food and beverage from Jax Coco, Drinks Fusion, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Bettina Alonso, Oceana’s vice president for global development, and Alexandra Cousteau, Oceana senior advisor, spoke to the group about Oceana’s important work and recent victories.