Orange County hostesses Valarie Van Cleave and Eve Kornyei pulled out all the stops Saturday evening, as Hollywood and Washington, D.C. glitterati converged on the Laguna Beach estate of Karen and Bruce Cahill for the 4th annual SeaChange dinner and fundraiser.
It was a smashing success attracting some 400 guests. The al fresco gathering on the spectacular hillside of the Cahill villa, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, raised more than $900,000 for Oceana, the world's largest ocean conservation society. It's headquartered in the nation's capital.
This was an evening of great passion centered on a cause that effects every creature on the planet, both on land and under the sea. Oceana is both a watchdog and an instrument of leadership working with multiple layers of worldwide government, business and culture.
In spite of criticism of such efforts from voices advocating no restriction on the pursuit of free enterprise as they harvest the bounty of the world's oceans, Oceana works through legislative action to ensure that enterprise unchecked and imbalanced does not decimate such finite resources.