Oceana and La Mer make a ‘splash’ in the Hamptons

When two powerhouses join forces, they can do a lot of good. Oceana, the organization that campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans, has been working to do so with partner La Mer, the glorious transformational skincare company, and this past weekend they went one step further to be a force for good by throwing their first benefit—fittingly, in the summer, by the ocean, in the Hamptons.

With the object of reducing pollution and preventing the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life, and the deep science behind a line of time-tested products for the face and body with ingredients that are drawn from the sea, there could be no better pairing. This was the first charitable party of its kind for both organizations, which Oceana and La Mer dubbed the “Splash” Party. Hamptons residents Lois Robbins and Andrew Zaro graciously opened up their Water Mill, New York home for the party, which overlooks Scott Cameron Beach on Mecox Bay, one of the most picturesque and pristine locations on all of the East End of Long Island. It is Oceana’s debut into the Hamptons summer benefit season, one that is traditionally chock full every summer weekend. But make no mistake, it will not be its last.

And what would a celebration in the Hamptons be without a celebrity component? Actors Ted Danson and Sam Waterston-whom loyal “Law & Order” fans know well-attended the bash. Says Danson, an Oceana board member “Seventy-one percent of the planet is covered by the ocean, and it’s at a tipping point right now. The good news is that we still have a chance to turn the tide, and that is the message we want to communicate to our guests in the Hamptons.” A surprise musical guest was also expected, who turned out to be none other than the legendary Jackson Browne, much to the delight of the crowd. A cadre of the Hamptons best and brightest on the social scene were in attendance as well. Expected to grace the green lawn were social regulars Vera Wang and Arthur Becker, Sandi and Andrew Farkas, Tom and Lori Florio, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Bonnie Lautenberg, Tami and Fred Mack, Julie and William Macklowe, and Lizzie and John Tisch. The cocktail reception and buffet dinner included a live auction, whose proceeds benefited all that Oceana does for the world’s water, and a presentation on Oceana and its mission was made during the evening as well.

“The Hamptons ‘Splash’ is more than an introduction of Oceana to the Hamptons community,” said event co-chair Susan Cohn Rockefeller. “We’re bringing together a coastal community and making its residents more active stewards for the oceans to ensure it is there in the healthiest way for our children and grandchildren.”

If you missed the party, you can still catch the event's online auction, running at to get in on the goods that are doing good.

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