Ted Danson, Dennis Haysbert, Austin Nichols, Hassie Harrison, Christina Ochoa, and Oscar Nunez were among those who attended the 11th annual SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach on Saturday evening to support Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation organization.
This year’s SeaChange Summer Party was emceed by Ted Danson and featured a special performance by singer-songwriter-actress Katharine McPhee.
“It’s a challenging time for our seas,” Ted Danson told the crowd. “We’ve all seen the headlines: marine life imperiled, critical habitat destroyed, warming waters, coral bleaching, oil spills, and more – the oceans are under threat. But Oceana is built to meet this challenge head on.”
The sold-out evening was held at a private coastal villa in Laguna Beach. Approximately 400 guests attended the event, raising more than $1.2 million for Oceana and local ocean conservation efforts.
Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless spoke on the night’s theme – protecting corals – and noted that “Oceana’s teams are winning battles that will give the corals a chance. We’re fighting to stop expanded ocean oil drilling – a real threat that exists right here off the entire California coast. We’re also fighting to stop coral-destroying bottom trawling. And we’re winning, including recent victories in Chile and the Philippines and new protections for 16,000 square miles right offshore of here.”
SeaChange was co-chaired by Oceana Board Vice Chair Valarie Van Cleave and Elizabeth Wahler together with Event Vice Chair Jeff Blasingame.
“Every year, I am so inspired by the generosity and spirit of this community,” Valarie Van Cleave said. “For more than a decade, the people of Orange County have come together to support healthy oceans. I am humbled by their continued support and thank everyone who came to this year’s SeaChange.”
The program concluded with a performance from Katharine McPhee who sang songs including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “She Used to Be Mine,” and “God Bless the Child.”
“I made a commitment to be at Oceana’s gala six months ago, and I am so happy I was able to come after all,” Katharine McPhee said. “An amazing cause, and a beautiful purpose. Thank you for having me! I adopted two turtles tonight!”
The SeaChange silent and live auctions included a wide array of exclusive items including a Luxury Charter to French Polynesia on Hemisphere, the world’s largest luxury Catamaran, BMW 530e Luxury Hybrid car, a Mikimoto triple strand pearl and diamond Necklace, stunning Villa in Phuket, Thailand and jewelry from Twila True Fine Jewelry and Watches, custom suits from Zegna and David August, jewelry from David Yurman, Julia Post, K. Brunini and Chopard, gorgeous luxury items from Baccarat, Diptyque, Giorgio Armani, Lanvin, Liuli, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Neiman Marcus-Fashion Island, Porsche Design, Ralph Lauren, Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo, South Coast Plaza, TOD’S, Versace. Amazing trips and getaways from Royal African Safaris, Four Seasons Lana’i, Lindblad Galapagos, Four Seasons Papagayo- Costa Rica, Baja Discovery Whale Expeditions, Silversands-Grenada, Montage, St Regis-Aspen, Four Seasons-Bora Bora, Rosewood-Las Ventanas, among others.
The SeaChange Summer Party is made possible by the generous support of various distinguished local and international businesses and philanthropists. Special thanks to Burgess Yachts, Hemisphere, BMW and the Southern California BMW Centers, Coast Magazine, Nolet Spirits and Ketel One, One Ocean Beauty, and BV Coastal Estates Wines.
SeaChange partners and underwriters include Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation, Jean and Tim Weiss, Tricia and Michael Berns, Marisla Foundation, Elizabeth Wahler, Valaree Wahler, South Coast Plaza, the Cahill family, Jeff Blasingame, Commerce Printing, Signature Party Rentals, PPS Parking, and Brite Ideas.
For a full list of underwriters and partners, host committee members, auction items and more information about SeaChange, click here.