Oceana, the international ocean conservation group, chose The Strand at Headlands for its annual Sea Change Summer Party.
Jon Ham at the StrandThe event, set on three tented multi-million-dollar oceanfront home sites, radiated star power. Headliners from “Mad Men,” “Grace and Frankie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Modern Family,” “The Office,” and more, joined forces to raise more than $1.0 million. Jon Hamm hosted the evening festivities. He took to the podium with a speech about growing up in St. Louis, where he learned to scuba dive in a lake in the Ozarks, before moving to California, noting that one of the reasons was “the vast physical beauty of the ocean that we have at our doorstep.”
“The idea of saving the oceans for future generations to experience is very important to me,” Hamm said.
A longtime supporter of Oceana, Actress January Jones, from “Mad Men,” a veteran of swimming with sharks in Belize and Bimini, took the stage to talk about her concern for the diminishing shark population and her commitment to Oceana and its efforts to protect sharks and other sealife.
Honoree Enric Sala, a marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, spoke of protecting the ocean’s most vulnerable places and praised the organization for its interest not in making headlines but “in making history.”
The Party attracted Kiernan Shipka and Michael Gladis of “Mad Men,” Oceana board member Sam Waterston of “Grace and Frankie,” Beth Behrs of “2 Broke Girls,” Nolan Gould of “Modern Family,” Aimee Teegarden of “Friday Night Lights,” Timothée Chalamet of “Interstellar,” and Oscar Nunez of “The Office.” Valarie Van Cleave and Eve Kornyei Ruffatto served as co-chairs, along with chair emeritus Julie Hill.
Actress and singer Bethany Joy Lenz of “One Tree Hill” joined The Strand at Headlands owner Sanford Edward and others, at his table. Edward, who purchased the luxury community in 1998 from the owner of Los Angeles Times, has received an A+ from a number of environmental groups for his work on storm water runoff at Strand Beach and “Baby Beach” at Dana Point Harbor.
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