Inaugural Oceana Ball in New York City at Christie's Raises $1 Million for the Oceans
On April 8, more than 300 guests gathered at Christie’s in New York City for the Inaugural Oceana Ball. The event was co-chaired by Susan and David Rockefeller, Annie and Steven Murphy and Oceana Celebrity Ambassador Kate Walsh, and emceed by “Survivorman” Les Stroud.
During the cocktail reception, guests enjoyed browsing stunning installations provided by photographer Peter Lik, artist Peter Tunney and event sponsor OMEGA while mingling with celebrities such as Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Adrian Grenier, Luke Hemsworth, Sami Gayle, Almudena Fernandez and Jennifer Tilly. The program included remarks from Oceana Senior Advisor Alexandra Cousteau and CEO Andy Sharpless, among others. The first Oceana Ball Ocean Champion Award was presented to leading sponsor JW Marriott Resorts and Hotels for their commitmentto sustainable seafood and their support of Oceana’s efforts to ban shark finning. The award was presented by Sharpless and accepted on behalf of JW Marriott by Mitzi Gaskins, the brand’s Vice President and Global Brand Manager.
The evening ended on an exciting note with a live auction consisting of extraordinary trips provided by JW Marriott, JetBlue and Etihad Airways and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy dinner at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns with President Clinton and Susan and David Rockefeller. Just before an energetic musical performance by O.C.A.D., featuring Olivia Cipolla and Arie Dixon, kicked off the afterparty, co-chair and Oceana board member Susan Rockefeller announced the event’s fundraising total. With a little help and a spontaneous pledge from fellow co-chair and Presidentand CEO of Christie’s, Steven Murphy, over $1 million was raised for the oceans.
Stars Celebrate World Oceans Day at Nautica sponsored Oceana Beach House
Some of Hollywood’s best and brightest celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8th with Oceana and Nautica at the inaugural Oceana Beach House event in Santa Monica, CA. The evening presented an opportunity for guests to learn more about Oceana while they enjoyed a Pacific sunset and the musical talents of Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker. The event was hosted by actors and ocean advocates Aimee Teegarden, Keegan Allen and Tyler Blackburn. Other special guests included Elsa Pataky, Leonor Varela, Sam Trammell, Rachael Harris, Maya Gabeira, Bethany Joy Lenz, Jesse Spencer, Nadine Velazquez, Emily Osment, Ryan Newman and more. The Oceana Beach House was presented by Nautica and promoted by media partner Los Angeles Confidential.
SeaChange Kickoff in Laguna Beach
On April 18th, several Oceana supporters gathered at Karen and Bruce Cahill’s stunning coastal residence in Laguna Beach for a dinner to kick-off the 6th Annual SeaChange Summer Party. The guests of the dinner savored the incomparable views from Villa de Sogni as well as cocktails and a gourmet dinner presented by the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. During dinner, Oceana Senior Advisor Alexandra Cousteau shared stories of her childhood adventures with her grandfather, famed ocean explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Oceana Chief Executive Officer Andy Sharpless provided updates on a campaign that is closely followed in Orange County – Oceana’s efforts to end seafood fraud. After an enjoyable evening, guests left eager to return once again forthe 6th Annual SeaChange Summer Party, which will be held just 4 months later on August 18th. Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow willperform at an anticipated sold-out event. For more information, please visit www.seachangesummerparty.org.