The 2009 Partners Award Gala
Oceana honored Dr. Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington at its sixth annual Partners Award Gala on November 20. The celebration was held at the Los Angeles home of Oceana chairman Keith Addis and his wife, Keri Selig. Proceeds from the Partners Award Gala support Oceana’s campaigns to stop overfishing, protect habitat and stop pollution.
Dr. Deepak Chopra is a globally-recognized author of fifteen best-sellingbooks on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality and peace. He has devoted his life to connecting people in order to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world and environment.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, as well as the author of 12 books. Widely recognized as a leading voice on environmental and conservation issues, she was named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.
The honorees and 225 guests were treated to a performance by Eurythmics co-founder and guitarist Dave Stewart, who also introduced Dr. Chopra. The silent auction items included a trip to Belize in support of Oceana’s campaign to save sharks with actress and campaign spokesperson January Jones.
The Partners Award acknowledges visionary leaders who are committed to rich, high-level discourse to improve our world. Chopra and Huffington join an impressive list of changemakers, including former President Bill Clinton, Trudie Styler and Sting, Pierce Brosnan, Ted Danson, Sam Waterston, Don Henley, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Daniel Pauly, then- Senator Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore.
NY Launch Party
On October 19, Brenda and Alexander von Schweickhardt graciously opened their beautiful Manhattan home to celebrate the launch of Oceana’s New York office.
The event was sponsored by Tiffany & Co. and was attended by Oceana board members Ted Danson and Sam Waterston, and Ocean Council chairwoman Susan Cohn Rockefeller. Honored guests included Jeff Goldblum, Tommy, Dee and Ally Hilfiger, Joyce and John Varvatos, Sarah Farcy McNitt, Gina Gershon, New York Jets tackle Damien Woody and his wife Nicole, New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, along with supporters Bettina Zilkha and Jean Shafiroff.
Oceana chairman Keith Addis and executive vice president Jim Simon were there to welcome the guests and encourage the attendees to support Oceana’s mission to protect and preserve the world’s oceans.