13 July 2011

Burgess becomes an official sponsor of Oceana

Burgess has joined Oceana's prestigious group of corporate donors and become active sponsors of the group's major events and activities. Partly founded by actor Ted Danson and recently named a 4-star charity for sound fiscal management, Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans.

The initial collaboration of the two organizations resulted in this year's highly successful "Bid To Save The Earth" Green Auction when heated bidding on a four day/three night BURGESS luxury charter courtesy of the owners of the magnificent 57.9m (190ft) LADY SHERIDAN fetched USD100K, with proceeds helping four leading environmental nonprofits, including OCEANA.

As a corporate sponsor, BURGESS will participate in OCEANA's two major events: The Hamptons Splash Party on Saturday, July 30, 2011, which celebrates the oceans and coastal communities that depend upon the oceans for their survival; and, The SeaChange Summer party on October 1, 2011, held annually in Orange County, CA, which recognizes the sea's importance and honors those who are actively helping to preserve its habitats and wildlife.

"It's a natural fit for BURGESS to support OCEANA. Not only do our vessels ply the world's oceans, but both BURGESS and our clients possess an enormous appreciation and awareness of the need for conservation and protection of the waters they are so passionate about sailing," commented Jonathan Beckett.

Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Their teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North America, Europe and South and Central America. More than 500,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. For more information, visit www.Oceana.org.