A Celebration with the Board of Directors in Orange County
On April 17, Oceana’s board of directors hosted a cocktail reception for more than 160 guests at Dr. William and Donya Dobkin’s private Newport Coast Estate, known as “Villa Tesori.” Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless spoke of Oceana’s recent accomplishments, and Oceana board members Valarie Van Cleave and Beto Bedolfe thanked Orange County for its support, specifically Oceana’s SeaChange Summer Party, which has become an annual must-attend event in Orange County. To learn more, please visit seachangesummerparty.org.
SeaBlue Makes a Splash in Southern Florida
On March 3, over 300 guests gathered at the oceanfront W Fort Lauderdale for SeaBlue, Oceana’s first major event in southern Florida. Oceana supporters in the area and special guests such as Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau and world champion freediver Martin Stepanek sipped cocktails while enjoying a live performance by The Honey Brothers, featuring Oceana Ambassador Adrian Grenier. Thanks to encouragement from co-chairs Senta Monet Mackel and Louise Storelli Fogerty, guests also signed a petition designed by Sherman’s Lagoon cartoonist Jim Toomey to Florida Governor Rick Scott calling for a state ban on the trade of shark fins. SeaBlue was made possible with thanks to generous sponsors and underwriters including: W Fort Lauderdale, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, LiveESP.com, Wells Fargo, Bacardi U.S.A. and Emagination.
Christie’s Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth
On April 11, over 600 guests gathered once again at Christie’s in New York City for the third annual Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth, which benefitted Oceana, Central Park Conservancy, Conservation International and the Natural Resources Defense Council. This year’s event raised over $1.3 million for the four groups, bringing the three-year total to over $5 million.
The event, which featured a musical performance by Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, was co-chaired by Oceana board member Susan Rockefeller and her husband David Rockefeller, Jr., Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault and James Hedges IV. Special guests included Glenn Close, Amanda Hearst, Lauren Bush, and Coco Rocha, among others.
In what was undeniably the most dramatic moment of the evening, a week-long charter of the stunning Hemisphere – the largest sailing catamaran in the world – was auctioned for Oceana’s benefit. The final bid price came to $150,000, the highest bid recorded in the history of the Green Auction. Oceana is deeply appreciative of Burgess, the superyacht specialists, for their assistance in bringing this opportunity to the auction block.