Monday, December 9, 2019

Ocean Celebration

Celebrating 35 Years of Ocean Advocacy 

On Friday, November 1st over 200 supporters of Clean Ocean Action gathered to celebrate the organization’s 35 years of ocean advocacy. The event, formally called the “Ocean Celebration”, took place at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, NJ.

Ocean Celebration Committee Members
Top L to R: Peeka Tildesley, Alison Fragale, Bonnie Torcivia, COA’s Cindy Zipf, Sandy Henning, Jeannette Yorke; Bottom L to R: Mary Jane O’Hare, Mary Thompson, COA’s Mary-Beth Thompson, B Mahon
Sporting various shades of ocean blue, the attendees were treated to a raw bar provided by Lusty Lobster, appetizers, dinner and desserts prepared by Executive Chef Pete Cruz, complimentary beer and wine from Shore Point Distributing Company during cocktail hour, and delicious mixed cocktails provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The Stringbean Blues Band provided a mellow vibe for the cocktail hour, which was followed by the up-tempo rock of RipTide during the final hours of the event. While some danced the night away, others got their share of excitement from the robust silent auction and an exciting electric bike raffle. Overall, it was a huge success for the ocean as all of the funds raised from the night will go directly to Clean Ocean Action’s vital ocean protection programs.

L to R: Spencer Munson of Clean Ocean Action pictured with electric bike raffle winners Alex Purdon and Maya Speelmans, Tom Zapcic Photography
 COA is grateful to the remarkable committee: Alison Fragale, Anna Garofalo, April Puciata, B Mahon, Bonnie Torcivia, Derek Noah, Etta Kelly, Jeannette Yorke, Kathleen Gasienica, Kathleen Scatassa, Kathleen Tobin, Keri Branin, Linda Walker, Lydia Bagarozza, Mark Haviland, Mary Jane O’Hare, Mary Thompson, Peeka Tildesley, Sandy Henning, Stephanie Frankel, Stevie Thompson and Sue Germaine.

Jim Lobiondo (left) of Windows on the Water pictured with Cindy Zipf (right) of COA
Tom Zapcic Photography
Waves of thanks to our sponsors and supporters including Crazees Ice Cream, Guaranteed Plants & Florist, Litwin & Provence LLC, Montecalvo & Bayshore Family of Companies, Lusty Lobster, Rumson Wine & Spirits, Shore Point Distributing Company, Thompson Memorial Home, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Windows on the Water. 

From L to R: Matt and Rachel LaMura pictured with Anna and Joey Garofalo
RipTide rocking and rolling at the event, Tom Zapcic Photography

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