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Oceana Magazine Winter 2013: Events

Partners Award Gala Honors Hillary Clinton and Richard Plepler

The landmark Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles served as a backdrop for the Partners Award Gala, which was held on October 30. Special guests HBO CEO Richard Plepler and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about the importance of Oceana’s work and ocean conservation. Guests also heard speeches from Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless and Oceana Board President and event chairman Keith Addis. The evening concluded with a live musical performance from award-winning recording artists Carly Simon and Natasha Bedingfield. They were joined on stage by Ben Taylor, the son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, and the Hamilton High School Choir.

More than 475 guests attended the event, including Oceana Board Member Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen, Diane Lane, Jane Fonda, Kate Walsh, Kristin Davis, Sam Trammell, Maria Menounos, Cobie Smulders, Constance Zimmer, Oceana Board Member Sam Waterston, Melanie Griffith, Seth MacFarlane, Laura Dern, Harvey Weinstein, Ed Begley Jr, Dean Norris, Angela Kinsey, Austin Nichols, Dennis Haysbert, Emily Osment and more.

Leading online Charitybuzz hosted a companion auction for the event. Ted and Michele Waitt donated one of many auction items—an opportunity to charter Plan B, the Waitt Institute’s magnificent expedition vessel.

The Partners Award Gala would not have been possible without the generous help from the event chairs and hosts. Please see for a complete host committee listing.


6th Annual SeaChange Simmer Party Honors Bush Advisor on Oceans

On August 18, celebrities, philanthropists and ocean advocates gathered once again at Villa di Sogni, Karen and Bruce Cahill’s coastal estate in Laguna Beach for the 6th annual Summer SeaChange Party.

More than 400 guests enjoyed a performance by singer songwriter Sheryl Crow and speeches from Oceana’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpless, Master of Ceremonies Dennis Haysbert, Philippe Cousteau, Oceana Senior Advisor Alexandra Cousteau, and James L. Connaughton, advisor to former President George W. Bush on energy, environment and natural resources. Other special guests included Oceana Board Member Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen, Anna Torv, Angela Kinsey Anne Heche and James Tupper, Emily Osment, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Oscar Nunez, Luke Tipple and Mary Murphy.

The evening also included a live auction, featuring a week-long charter of the HEMISPHERE, the world’s largest recreational catamaran, donated by the world’s Superyacht specialists at Burgess.This year’s sold-out event raised over $1 million for the oceans. Co-chairs Eve Kornyei Ruffatto and Oceana board member Valarie Van Cleave thanked SeaChange’s underwriters and partners, listed at, for their generous support.


Nautica Supports Oceana at the GQ Gentlemen’s Ball

The 6th Anniversary of the GQ Gentlemen’s Fund Ball was commemorated in New York City on Wednesday, October 23. Oceana was featured at the event thanks to Nautica, which, for the fourth year in a row, selected Oceana as its partner charity for the evening. Oceana was represented by actor Sam Trammell, an Oceana celebrity spokesperson and Gentlemen’s Fund Ambassador. “Oceana is deeply appreciative of Sam for appearing on our behalf, and of our partners at Nautica for letting us participate in this special event,” says Jon Frank, Oceana’s Senior Manager for Marketing and Corporate Relationships.