On Dec. 23, guests gathered at the Laguna Beach, California home of Oceana supporters David and Valarie Whiting. The party kicked off the countdown to Sea Change, an event that will take place this summer at the home of Bruce and Karen Cahill. Co-chaired by Valarie Whiting and Julie Hill, Sea Changewill be a star-studded fundraiser featuring guest of honor Harrison Ford.
Guests at the Whiting home included Academy Award-nominated actor Jeff Goldblum, Oceana vice chairman and producer Keith Addis, and British Consul General Bob Peirce, who was a key figure in brokering a climate change cooperation agreement between former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"We are fortunate to live in beautiful Southern California. We benefit greatly from the beaches and Pacific Ocean that are at our front door," said Valarie Whiting. "Even so, we may forget that oceans cover 71 percent of the earth's surface and they are a major source of protein for more than a third of the world. We know that there is a collective desire in Orange County to be part of the solution to the problems that plague California's coastline and the world's oceans."