A Night for the Whales
Los Angeles, CA
May 30, 2009
The stars shone brightly at the home of James Costa on the night of May 31st, when Sea Shepherd presented "A Night for the Whales", a celebration of the premiere of the second season of the Animal Planet TV series "Whale Wars," and a benefit to raise funds for a new ship. Costa opened his spectacular city-view home in the Hollywood Hills to approximately 200 guests, rubbing shoulders with celebrity supporters, including Sea Shepherd's newest board member Anthony Kiedis. Others included actresses Jorja Fox, Emily Deschanel, Persia White, and "Skinny Bitch" author Rory Freedman. Also in attendance were new Sea Shepherd fans, actor Steve Valentine, Inna Korobkina, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Corey and Susie Feldman, Coachella Music Festival founder Bill Fold, CSI TV show producer Naren Shankar, celebrity photographer Chris Ameruoso, and music producer Rick Rubin. Stars of the “Whale Wars” TV show and Animal Planet production crew rounded out the guest list. Other Sea Shepherd crewmembers and Staff Directors were on hand to answer questions about our campaigns.
Madeleine Bistro provided delicious vegan catering along with fantastic cocktails, including the "butter bomb" drink partygoers could purchase. The drink came with a butter bomb sticker you could "throw" onto a poster of a Japanese whaling ship. By the end of the evening, the whalers were covered in "butter bombs". Instead of the usual silent auction, there was a "sale" of different items guests could "purchase" for our ship to support Sea Shepherd’s ocean defense campaigns, that included cans of paint, life vests, mustang suits, and more. The event was a financial success, and many of us heard departing guests say it was one of the best parties they'd ever attended. The most asked question of the evening seemed to be when Sea Shepherd was going to have another benefit party in Los Angeles!
The program included an introduction by Anthony Kiedis, and then Captain Paul Watson brought everyone to tears as he described his meeting with a whale who changed his life. Captain Watson introduced a special "sneak peek" of Whale Wars Season 2. The 5-minute clip left everyone wanting to see more of Sea Shepherd's Antarctic campaign, Operation Musahashi. Later in the evening, Sea Shepherd supporter Trash McSweeney sat down to the piano with the Captain for their much anticipated duet, "The Whales are Dying", and then played a few more of our favorite songs from The Red Paintings.
Sea Shepherd sends a very special thanks to James Costa for his incredible generosity in offering his home for this event, and his much-needed help in the party preparations. Thanks also to the event committee: Steve Roest, Rob Holden, Shannon Mann, Laurens De Groot, and Susan Weingartner. And of course, thank you's go out to Sea Shepherd staff and the many volunteers, including photographer Denise Borchert, who helped to make this event one of our most successful yet.
all photos credit Denise Herrick Borchert