Dropps is proud to have sponsored the 2019 Oceana New York Gala held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the Rainbow Room, the iconic NYC landmark located 65 stories above Rockefeller Center. This year’s Oceana benefit highlighted the crisis of plastic in the sea. Plastic debris is everywhere, from the most remote islands, to Arctic sea ice, to the deepest parts of the ocean floor.
Master of Ceremonies and Oceana board Vice Chair Ted Danson led the evening by introducing surprise guest and former President Bill Clinton. Sam Waterston and Susan Rockefeller continued the evening by honoring Oscar-nominated actress Diane Lane and Oceana board member Simon Sidamon-Eristoff for their tireless commitment to safeguarding and revitalizing our world’s oceans.The event raised a new Oceana record of more than $1.9 million.
Diane Lane has been a supporter of Oceana for many years. In the summer of 2018, she joined Oceana in Washington, DC to urge members of Congress to pass a ban on the buying and selling of shark fins. Legislation continues to advance in Congress. Of personal importance to Diane is her opposition to the practices of both offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting. She addressed both concerns at a meeting arranged by Oceana at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Office of Public Affairs with the Acting Director, the Chief of the Office of Public Affairs and numerous members of BOEM’s leadership. She continues to monitor their activities and is considering possible next steps.
Simon Sidamon-Eristoff was Chairman of Oceana from 2014 to 2018 and oversaw a dramatic expansion of the organization in terms of global reach and success in winning policy outcomes. Under his leadership, the organization expanded to Brazil, Peru, Mexico, the Philippines and helped to protect hundreds of thousands of square miles of sea.
We were honored to be a part of this special night, and we look forward to supporting Oceana's advocacy work through our One Family, One Home, One Future platform. Dropps has partnered with Oceana to educate consumers on the impact of their actions and choices, and encourage them to care about the massive global plastic pollution crisis.