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Oceana Magazine Winter 2009: 2008 Partners Award Gala

At its sixth annual Partners Award Gala in October, Oceana honored Former President Bill Clinton along with Trudie Styler and Sting for their work to protect and conserve the planet.

The gala, which was sponsored by longtime Oceana supporter La Mer and held at the Pacific Palisades estate of Jena and Michael King, raised a record-setting $1,075,000 for Oceana.

Former President Clinton launched the Clinton Climate Initiative in 2006, and works with 40 of the world's largest cities to create practical and measurable contributions to the fight against climate change. Trudie Styler and Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to protect both the forests and the indigenous people who live there. The foundation works in 23 countries around the world.

Guests were treated to remarks by President Clinton and a surprise four-song performance by Sting, who was accompanied by Dustin Hoffman on piano for a song the actor had written. Guests included Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, Diane Keaton, Adrian Grenier, January Jones, Rosanna Arquette and others.