Ocean’s 20

By Richard Mineards   |   November 1, 2018
Hillary Hauser, executive director Heal the Ocean; Hazel and John Blankenship, directors/founders Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation; and Santa Barbara 3rd District supervisor Joan Hartmann (photo by Priscilla)
Jeannie Clark, co-founder of Tavarua Island Resort, Fiji, with her daughter, Roxanne, sponsored a seven-night vacation (photo by Priscilla)

A tidal wave of generosity swept over the historic El Paseo restaurant when Heal the Ocean, celebrating its 20th anniversary, hosted its annual sold-out gala, raising around $200,000 from 200 guests.

The bustling bash had Montecito actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, recently recovered from a breast cancer scare, as honorary chair and Los Angeles auctioneer Rick Werner selling off a cornucopia of goodies, including a Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Oahu, getaway to see Jack Johnson and The Eagles, a week’s vacation to the Fijian island of Tavarua, and an oil painting of a Channel Islands sunset by artist Rick Garcia.

Among the tsunami of tony types flooding into the eatery for Hillary Hauser‘s popular charity were John and Hazel Blankenship, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Heather Hudson, Shannon Trotta, Alison Thompson, John Palminteri, Mahri Kerley, Teresa McWilliams, Pat McElroy, Janet Wolf, Eric Peterson, Gregg Hart, Trish Reynales, and Das Williams.

At the Clenet-sponsored table are Polly Coleman, Billy Cordero, Tiffany Dore, Rick Doty, Talia and Jay Roston; seated are Amy Doty, Heather and Kelly Clenet (photo by Priscilla)
Speakers Bureau-sponsored table includes James Hawkins, former Heal the Ocean policy analyst; Chris Jones, Doug Katers, Stephanie Katers; center/middle of table, Jean-Michel Cousteau; Amy Jones, Nan Marr, Chris Jones, Heather and Ben Burleson, Jonathan Wygant, founder of Big Speak & HTO board member; and Elise Wygant (photo by Priscilla)
Heal the Ocean bidders Deborah Schwartz and Hap Ziegler (photo by Priscilla)
Entertaining Heal the Ocean supporters and fans of musicians Rick Cowling, Sherry Hursey, and Jason Libbs (photo by Priscilla)

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