NYC Gala 2016 For OCEANA
Editor in chief: Najaam Lee
Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks
Photo Credits: Angela Pham/BFA, Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan, and John Dee
It was an evening to celebrate on Tuesday, April 19th at the beautiful Four Season Restaurant in New York City. Oceana hosted their annual NYC GALA celebrating their first fifteen (15) years of accomplishments and victories in helping to save the world’s oceans and feed the world.
What was so exciting is that they surpassed their fundraising goal, and raised over one (1) million dollars at the event. Master of Ceremonies and one of my favourite actors, Jeff Goldblum, with performances by Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
Among such wonderful attendees and supporters were many notable guests including:
• Susan and David Rockefeller, Violaine and John Bernbach
• Dr. Kristian Parker, 2016 Honoree
• Jeff Goldblum, actor and 2016 Master of Ceremonies; performing with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
• Anja Rubik, model
• Julie Macklowe
• Cameron Silver
• Noot Seear, actress and model
• Alexandra Kerry and Julien Dobbs-Higginson, daughter of John Kerry and husband
• Kara and Stephen Ross
• Leslie Zemeckis, actress and producer
• Rebecca Mead
• Katherine Keating, daughter of Paul Keating, former prime minister of Australia
• Sid and Helaine Lerner
• Lilly Hartley Tarrant and Jeffrey Tarrant
• Amy Fine Collins
• Vicky Ward
• Marion Hunt
• Xin Li
• Richard Cohen
• Jerry Speyer
Dr. Kristian Parker (one of Oceana’s founders) and the Oak Foundation were both honoured for their significant contributions to Oceana and leadership in marine conservation.
“For fifteen years, Oceana has been winning victories and protecting the oceans. As a long-time supporter of Oceana, I was thrilled to join in the celebration and honour the work of Dr. Kristian Parker.”
– Jeff Goldblum, Actor and Master of Ceremonies at the 2016 Oceana NYC gala
“With the help of supporters like these and the leadership of Dr. Kristian Parker, Oceana has grown to a point where it works in countries that account for nearly a third of the ocean’s productivity. We pride ourselves on winning effective policy changes that protect key habitats and species, allowing the oceans to flourish and fisheries to recover. Together, we can save the oceans and feed the world.”
– Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana
“In its fifteen years, Oceana has done more to help save the oceans and feed the world than any other organization. My hope is that over the next fifteen years we will be able to further these efforts, save more ocean habitat and provide more food for the hundreds of millions of people who rely on the oceans for their livelihoods.”
– Susan Rockefeller, Oceana Board Member and New York Event Co-Chair
Such great accomplishments do need celebrating and recognition, but there is still so much more work to be done, we are only scratching the surface. Learn how you can be a part of Oceana and help support this mission for we all live on this beautiful planet, we call her Earth.
Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. We run science-based campaigns and seek to win policy victories that can restore ocean biodiversity and ensure that the oceans are abundant and can feed hundreds of millions of people. Oceana victories have protected more than 1 million square miles of ocean and helped to create policies that could increase fish populations in its countries by 15 percent compared to current levels. We have campaign offices in the countries that control a third of the world’s wild fish catch, including in North, South and Central America, Asia, and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org
For more information, please contact:
Jessica Jacobs, Paul Wilmot Communications
Alyssa Paugh, Paul Wilmot Communications
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