2017 Benefit - A Smashing Success!

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From Top By Rows1) The Scene. 2) Hillary leads the crowd in a toast to good health for our dear Julia Louis-Dreyfushere is the Just Folk table (photo John Palmintieri)3) Carrie Chee from San Francisco won 3 nights at the Ablitt Housea chartered SB Sailing Center trip, & 2 bicycles!; 4) HTO Board Member Charles Vinick; 5) Jason Libs rocks the room! 6) Sponsors Dan & Rae Emmett; 7) Hillary gives a giant hug to Marcy Carsey, who raises her paddle for 5 figures, while auctioneer Rick Warner looks on; 7) YAY, TEAM! Heather Hudson, Hillary Hauser, Corey Radis, Julia Teitzel.

All photos by (c) Priscilla

The Heal the Ocean 2017 Benefit was a great party for a sold-out, packed house - and wow, did we have fun for our Good Cause! The evening got off to a rip-roaring start when HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser announced that Governor Brown had just signed SB 44, which will provide funds to cap the leaking oil wells off Summerland Beach! She introduced Gaemus Collins, from Plank Aerosystems & the Aqueos team whose aerial survey of the Summerland coastline assured success of the legislation.

In all our thanks to our generous sponsors, we took a moment to video-record a live toast to our beloved Julia Louis-Dreyfus sending her our best wishes for her full return to health. Hillary sent the video to Julia, who sent us kisses right back.

Our Live Auction was really cooking this year, with LosAngelesAuctioneer.comRick Werner bringing in the most income in HTO Event history! Then, rocking pianist Jason Libs had people dancing to old and new classics, singing along, forming conga lines, and just letting it "all hang out."

Huge thanks to our sponsors, guests, and donors. And to Heather HudsonShannon Trotta & Corey Radis for putting this event together. We thank Debbie Kline, and Por la Mar Nursery for the décor. Please Click Here to see photos from the event, courtesy of our wonderful photographer Priscilla. Mark your calendars for next year’s benefit (HTO’s 20th Anniversary!) October 27, 2018 at the El Paseo.


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