Ted Danson, Diane Lane, Josh Brolin at SeaChange Party. Photo:Oceana/Penny O’Donnell
This year’s event took place at a spectacular private coastal villa in Laguna Beach. Around 400 guests attended the event to raise over $900,000 for Oceana.
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane. Photo: Oceana/Penny O’Donnell
The event, which was hosted by actress Angela Kinsey and actor Ted Danson, featured passionate speeches from Academy Award Nominees Josh Brolin and Diane Lane about the need to protect the world’s oceans. Other celebrities in attendance included: Aimee Teegarden, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr., Q'orianka Kilcher, Oscar Nunez and Austin Stowell.
Josh Brolin and Angela Kinsey. Photo: Oceana/Michael Munson
“She’s really embraced this like I’ve never seen her embrace anything,” said Josh Brolin of his wife, Diane Lane, during her introduction. “She’s been moved by this.”
Brolin, a long time surfer, was followed at the podium by his wife who is an environmental activist in her own right. Diane Lane, a longtime supporter of Oceana, spoke of a personal connection to the ocean that was fostered on the other coast – the East Coast.
Aimee Teegarden at Oceana SeaChange Party. Photo:Oceana/Penny O’Donnell
“We are all here tonight out of love for our oceans, her bounty that feeds us, her beauty and her power that give us true awe,” commented Lane. “Oceana is where I turn for leadership in the changes that must be made to save the oceans. But it’s up to us to be pro-active, ambitious, far-reaching, deep-reaching in our pockets, demanding the changes in policies, lobbying for tougher laws and enforcing these changes with some teeth. Even if I were not here to speak tonight, I would be here to listen.”
Guests were treated to a sit-down dinner, presentations from several of Oceana’s directors and supporters, and a live-auction. Party-goers capped the evening with time spent dancing under the stars at the Post Party Lounge.
For three straight years, Oceana has been awarded the coveted four-star award by Charity Navigator for sound financial management. According to Charity Navigator, only 13% of the charities they rate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star ratings for their ability to efficiently manage and grow their finances.