On Tuesday, April 19, Oceana hosted their 2016 annual New York gala at the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant.
A celebration of Oceana’s first fifteen years and its victories to help save the oceans and feed the world, the event raised over one million dollars, exceeding its fundraising goals. Dr. Kristian Parker (one of Oceana’s founders) and the Oak Foundation were honored for their significant contributions to Oceana and leadership in marine conservation. The evening featured cocktails, dinner, and a performance by Actor and Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
“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,” said Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana. “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.”
“For fifteen years, Oceana has been winning victories and protecting the oceans,” added Jeff Goldblum. “As a long-time supporter of Oceana, I was thrilled to join in the celebration and honor the work of Dr. Kristian Parker.”
“In its fifteen years, Oceana has done more to help save the oceans and feed the world than any other organization,” said Susan Rockefeller, Oceana Board Member and New York Event Co-Chair. “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.”