Last week, international art collectors, philanthropists, celebrities and designers convened for the third year in a row for Christie‚Äôs Green Auction.
Last year, the evening's festivities raised a record-breaking $2.4 million for four of the world's leading, science-based environmental nonprofits: Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.
The Green Auction‚Äôs companion online auction, powered by charitybuzz, will continue through Thursday, and includes a day with President Bill Clinton, a 13-day safari in Kenya and a volleyball lesson with Gabby Reece.
And if you can‚Äôt afford to bid on a safari or celeb experience, you can also text GREEN to 80888 to donate $10.
A huge thanks to everyone who has helped make this year‚Äôs auction a success!
Happy Friday, all!
We just wanted to remind you about the The Economist's fast-approaching World Oceans Summit where 200 global leaders, including our CEO Andy Sharpless, will discuss the future of our oceans.
The summit, which takes place in Singapore from Feb. 22-24, will offer a robust examination of the future of the seas, the importance of the sustainable use of the oceans, and what this means for business.
Featured speakers include:
- Robert Zoellick, President, World Bank (Keynote speaker)
- John Micklethwait, Editor-in-chief, The Economist; and Chairman, World Oceans Summit
- Anote Tong, President, Republic of Kiribati
- Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Singapore
- Andrew Sharpless, Chief Executive Officer, Oceana
- David Miliband, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
- Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-residence, National Geographic Society
- Philippe Lacamp, Head of Sustainable Development, John Swire & Sons (H.K.)
- Tim Smith, Chief Executive Officer, North Asia, Maersk Line
- Malcolm Preston, Global Head of Sustainability and Climate Change, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- Abyd Karmali, Global Head of Carbon Marks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
There are only a handful of seats left, and as an Oceana supporter, you are entitled to a special 20% discount off the standard ticket price ‚Äď simply enter the code OCEANA to enjoy the special rate.
The new issue of Oceana magazine is hot off the press! In this issue, you‚Äôll learn about our latest news and victories, and lots more, including:
*Profiles of our 2011 Ocean Heroes, shark-loving Sophi Bromenshenkel and sea lion-rescuing Peter Wallerstein
*A thought-provoking Q&A with environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
*The lowdown on our new campaign to combat Seafood Fraud
*A report on this summer‚Äôs expedition in the icy Baltic Sea
*Photos from our recent events: Hamptons Splash, Christie‚Äôs Green Auction and World Oceans Day
Check it out and pass it on!
A lot of cool charity events have taken place in our honor, but never has one been ping-pong themed. Until now.
This Sunday, at the 2010 PaddleJam in Hollywood, CA, celebs will showcase their table tennis skills while raising money for their favorite non-profits, including Oceana, Rock the Vote, Equality CA, The Humane Society, Ann and George Lopez Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. Celebrities attending include George Lopez, Jesse Williams of ‚ÄúGrey‚Äôs Anatomy‚ÄĚ, and Zachary Levi of ‚ÄúChuck.‚ÄĚ
So if you live in LA, check it out! Here are the deets:
Last Friday, more than 350 guests attended Oceana‚Äôs third annual SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach, California, which raised over 1 million dollars for ocean conservation.
Jeff Bridges and Pierce Brosnan were the special guests of the evening, and other celebs in attendance included Morgan Freeman, Ted Danson, Sam Waterston, Diane Lane, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Eric Balfour and Kristin Bauer.
Bridges, who recently scored an Oscar for his role as country singer ‚ÄúBad Blake‚ÄĚ in ‚ÄúCrazy Heart,‚ÄĚ gave a surprise performance. Afterwards he charmed the ‚ÄúLebowski‚ÄĚ fans in the audience by quipping, ‚ÄúOceana abides.‚ÄĚ
All in all, a fantastic night for ocean conservation.
For more on SeaChange visit www.SeaChangeSummerParty.org
Last June, we cheered when President Obama created an Ocean Policy Task Force to develop the first ever national policy for our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. From August through November the Task Force hosted six public hearings around the nation to gather public input.
The Task Force's final report to the President should be submitted near the end of this month, and to make our voices heard, a group of ocean conservation organizations has organized Wear Blue day next Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Adrian Grenier, Ashton Kutcher, Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel will also be there as ambassadors for Oceana, UNICEF, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Pat Tillman Foundation, respectively.
The Gentlemen's Fund initiative "raises support and awareness for issues that are essential to modern men and encourages men to become agents of change by contributing to charities that champion these causes."