The Event

SeaChange 2017

The 2017 SeaChange summer party took place on July 15, 2017 in Laguna Beach, CA. 

This year’s Gala special guests included; actor and OCEANA Board Member Sam Waterston and his co-star Lily TomlinWe will have the pleasure of honoring our Ocean Champions Anne Earhart, Herbert M. Bedolfe, III and the Marisla Foundation for their tireless commitment to the oceans.

The 10 year anniversary of the SeaChange Summer Party was an unforgettable evening, guests clebrated our oceans with a beautiful cocktail reception and inventive hors d’oeuvres, a  top-drawer luxury silent and live auction and an extraordinary culinary experience.

On July 30th, over 400 top philanthropists, celebrities, and tastemakers gathered at a beautiful private estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach, California, for a star-studded evening of entertainment and celebrating the oceans and Oceana’s victories.

We were thrilled to be honoring Seth MacFarlane, a true renaissance man who has created some of the most popular content on television and film today. Seth is also a great philanthropist and has helped Oceana in our important campaign work around the world.

Like the eight previous award-winning SeaChange parties, this magical evening included a world-class silent auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night ended with our SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests danced under the stars.

The Eighth Annual SeaChange Summer Party – “Mad about the Oceans” – with special guests Jon Hamm and Oceana Ambassador January Jones took place on August 1, 2015. The event took place on the private beaches of The Strand in Dana Point with over 400 guests in attendance.
The evening’s honoree was Dr. Enric Sala, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence actively engaged in exploration, research, and communications to advance ocean conservation. Other guests included Kiernan Shipka, Sam Waterston, Beth Behrs, Michael Gladis, Aimee Teegarden, Nolan Gould, Billy Joe Armstrong, Oscar Nunez, Leonor Varela, Lillimar Hernandez, and Olympic swimmer Aaron Peirsol.
The 2015 program highlighted Oceana’s Save the Oceans, Feed the World campaign, which aims to restore the biodiversity and abundance of the world’s oceans to support a growing global population. The evening was capped with a musical performance by actress and singer Bethany Joy Lenz. Party-goers then spent time dancing in the ocean breeze at the Post Party Lounge.

The seventh-annual SeaChange Summer Party took place on August 16th, and featured special guest Leonardo DiCaprio plus special host Ted Danson and Master of Ceremonies Dennis Haysbert.

Like all of the previous award-winning SeaChange parties, the evening was a wonderful garden party at a magnificent private villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The evening included a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night ended with fire dancers and our SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests danced under the stars and celebrated the oceans.

The evening raised more than 1.5 million dollars that will go towards our work restoring and protecting the oceans both here locally and around the world.

Special thanks to all of our special celebrity guests, past and present.

2013 marked the sixth year of Oceana's annual SeaChange Summer Party. On the evening of Sunday, August 18, stars and ocean lovers gathered at the beautiful Villa di Sogni overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach to celebrate the event. Featured singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow delighted guests with a private concert to benefit Oceana.

The fifth anniversary SeaChange Summer Party took place on July 29th, and featured special guest Morgan Freeman plus Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Our special Mistress of Ceremonies was Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

At the event, Oceana also acknowledged our Ocean Champions, Michael & Tricia Berns and South Coast Plaza, for their extraordinary support.Other celebrities in attendance included Ted Danson, Ed Begley Jr., 24's Dennis Haysbert, Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz, Fairly Legal's Sarah Shahi, Shamless star Steve Howie, Disney star Bella Thorne, Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden, Beverly D'Angelo, The Good Wife's Graham Phillips,  and The Hangover's Rachael Harris. In a musical performance, The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Renee Olstead joined Jeff Goldblum's band to sing Etta James' "At Last" which brought down the house. Approximately 400 guests attended the 2012 event, which raised over $1,000,000 for Oceana.

2011's SeaChange event, which was hosted by actress Angela Kinsey and actor Ted Danson, featured special guests Diane Lane and Josh Brolin. Both Brolin and Lane gave passionate speeches 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. See some selected press hits.  Help us turn the tide for the oceans by donating and participating in the 2014 SeaChange Summer Party. To learn more, e-mail seachange@oceana.org.

SeaChange Awarded “Best Gala in Orange County”

For more about SeaChange 2017, email SeaChange@oceana.org