Partners Award Gala
The Partners Award Gala is an annual benefit for Oceana. The event has been held annually in the Los Angeles area and is attended by hundreds of guests from the entertainment, business and philanthropic communities.
Established in 1994 by American Oceans Campaign (which merged with Oceana in 2002), the event honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions through their personal commitment to the cause of protecting our oceans.
At its sixth annual Partners Award Gala in October 2008, Oceana honored Former President Bill Clinton along with Trudie Styler and Sting for their work to protect and conserve the planet.
The gala, which was sponsored by longtime Oceana supporter La Mer and held at the Pacific Palisades estate of Jena and Michael King, raised a record-setting $1,075,000 for Oceana.
Guests were treated to remarks by President Clinton and a surprise four-song performance by Sting, who was accompanied by Dustin Hoffman on piano for a song the actor had written. Guests included Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, Diane Keaton, Adrian Grenier, January Jones, Rosanna Arquette and others.
Previous honorees include Stephen McPherson, President of ABC Entertainment; Annett Wolf, President of Wolf-Kasteler & Associates; ocean activists Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith; Academy Award-winning American film and television producer Brian Grazer; Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard; U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; former President Bill Clinton; entrepreneur and environmentalist Ted Turner; actor/activist Ted Danson (founder of American Oceans Campaign); Actor Christopher Reeve; Musicians Don Henley and Sting; entertainment industry leaders/environmental stewards Alan Horn, Michael King; Sir John Browne of British Petroleum; Dian Ogilvie and Toyota/Lexus; and Hollywood agent Rick Nicita.
The 2009 PAG honored Arianna Huffington and Deepak Chopra.