Christie’s Green Auction
On April 22, Christie’s International hosted “A Bid to Save the Earth” Green Auction to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The evening sale event was held at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center in New York and was carried live via www.christies.com. Proceeds from the sale went to four highly acclaimed conservation groups: Oceana, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.
The auction, sponsored by Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors, was co-chaired by David and Susan Rockefeller and led by Christie’s renowned auctioneer Christopher Burge. Chevy Chase was the Master of Ceremonies. Stars attending the event included guests Salma Hayek, Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Candice Bergen, Brian Williams, John McEnroe, Elettra Wiedemann, Joyce Varvatos, Rogan Gregory, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Kelly Cutrone, Cornelia Guest, Doutzen Kroes, Derek Blasberg, Willie Garson and Miranda Kerr.The auction was preceded by a cocktail reception hosted by Target.
Christie’s partnered with Charitybuzz to create a companion silent auction that utilized online bidding to facilitate global participation. The live auction and accompanying silent auction raised a remarkable $2.4 million including $125,000 in support of Oceana’s campaign to save sharks. Bidding on this lot was led by long-time Oceana supporter Sir Thomas Moore, who made a $50,000 contribution to the campaign.
World Ocean Day
Oceana, Nautica and GQ’s Gentlemen’s Fund celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8 in Los Angeles. The event also honored the winners of Oceana’s Ocean Heroes Award, voted on by Oceana’s online supporters, the Wavemakers. The adult Ocean Hero wasJay Holcomb, executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center, which has led the effort to clean birds affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The junior Ocean Hero Award went to the Shark Finatics, a group of at-risk students who advocate for shark protection.
On Friday, June 25, distinguished people from all over the globe came together for Bal d’Oceana in Monte Carlo. Organized as the official fundraiser of Boat International Media’s Rendezvous in Monaco, an annual event for superyacht owners, guests attended this glamorous gala to celebrate the world’s oceans and Oceana. Special guests included His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Oceana board member Ted Danson and Sea Friend Award recipient and president of La Mer, Maureen Case. Guests at Bal d’Oceana enjoyed dinner and dancing to live music provided by jazz sensation Clare Teal and her band. Proceeds from the event supported Oceana’s conservation work.
Oceana held its inaugural Hamptons “Splash” Party on July 10, 2010 in the Water Mill, New York home of Lois Robbins and Andrew Zaro. The event marked Oceana’s debut in the Hamptons community with a celebration of our oceans and the costal communities that depend upon vibrant and healthy oceans. Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne thrilled the crowd with a special performance.
Co-chairs Lois Robbins and Susan Cohn Rockefeller urged the crowd of prominent figures, including ocean champion Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and his wife Bonnie Engelbardt Lautenberg, Oceana board member Sam Waterston, Vera Wang, Julie and William Macklowe, Jason and Hayley Binn and Margie and Michael Loeb, to work to protect the oceans and their resources. The midsummer evening ended with guests kicking off their shoes under the main tent to dance the night away.