Saturday, June 22, 2024

Oceana’s Gala Raises Over $1.6 Million To Conserve The Oceans


Oceana’s recent New York Gala has raised US$1.6 million (~€1.6 million) for ocean conservation and protection.

The gala event took place on September 13th, 2022, at Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room. The event was attended by a wide range of people, including Oceana Board Member and master of ceremonies Ted Danson, Board Chair Sam Waterston, gala chairs Susan Rockefeller and David Rockefeller, and Oceana Board Member Maya Gabeira.

The event celebrated the host of “victories” Oceana campaigned for, like California enacting the US’s strongest and most comprehensive plastic reduction policy.

According to Waterston:

“In just over 20 years, Oceana has won more than 225 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and the killing of threatened species like turtles, sharks, and whales. For everywhere that we make progress, there are forces pushing back: oil polluters, the plastics industry, bad actors in commercial fishing and aquaculture, politicians that refuse to stand up for our oceans. Enough is enough. Oceana continues to push forward for the sake of our oceans, for all their remarkable and wondrous inhabitants, and for future generations.”

While Susan Rockefeller said to guests at the event:

“Oceana is restoring wild fish populations so that people have access to a healthy and climate-friendly protein that can feed local communities, provide critical nutrition, and support livelihoods. Because of your support and because you are here tonight, Oceana can deliver tangible results every day for the oceans, for our planet, and for the next generation.”

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for