The Event

SeaChange 2019

The 2019 SeaChange Summer Party is shaping up to be another spectacular event! It will be a sophisticated, star-studded affair garnering extensive local, national and international press. This year’s benefit will spotlight the Plague of Ocean Plastic and address the enormous problem of single-use plastic pollution. Guests will learn what OCEANA is doing to combat this global plague and learn what can be done to help.

The event will bring together over 400 guests at an exclusive hilltop estate in Laguna Beach, overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean to celebrate the world’s oceans. The SeaChange Summer Party will be an unforgettable, fun-filled evening benefiting OCEANA, the world’s largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation.

Like the ten previous award-winning SeaChange Summer Parties, this magical evening will include a world-class silent auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and an exciting live auction. The program will conclude with a special performance and our SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests will dance under the stars.

For more information, please email seachange@oceana.org.

On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Oceana held its 11th Annual SeaChange Summer Party. Ted Danson, Dennis Haysbert, Austin Nichols, Hassie Harrison, Christina Ochoa, and Oscar Nunez were among those who attended.

The 10th annual 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 $1.3 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 Chair Valarie Van Cleave and ocean advocate 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 Crystal, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Neiman Marcus-Fashion Island, Porsche Design, Ralph Lauren, Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo, South Coast Plaza, TOD'S, and 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, Commerce Printing, Nolet Spirits and Ketel One, One Ocean Beauty, and BV Coastal Estates Wines.

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 30, 2016 – Seth MacFarlane, Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Jeff Goldblum, Angela Kinsey, Colin Egglesfield, Leonor Varela, Sally Pressman and Olympic swimmer Aaron Peirsol attended the 9th annual SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach on Saturday evening to support Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation organization.

The event recognized the multi-talented Seth MacFarlane for his longtime support of Oceana and work as an advocate for the oceans. The sold-out evening was held at a private coastal villa in Laguna Beach. Over 400 guests attended the event, raising more than $1.3 million to protect the oceans.

Award-winning actor and longtime Oceana Board Member Ted Danson mingled with guests and led the night as Master of Ceremonies.

Oceana also recognized Eve and Mike Ruffatto as 2016 Ocean Champions for their dedication to ocean conservation and generous support of Oceana. Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra captivated guests with a special jazz performance to bring the program to a close. Party-goers then spent time dancing in the ocean breeze at the Post-Party Lounge.

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 2018, email SeaChange@oceana.org