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Actors and activists joined forces on March 23rd to support The 5 Gyres Institute during the Voices 4 Oceans benefit storytelling event at the Moss Theater, located at the New Roads School at the Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica, CA. Storytellers at the “Tall Tales & Silver Linings” themed event included Danni Washington (“After Earth”), Eric Balfour (“Haven”), youth activist Erin Schrode, Graham Hamilton (“Code Black”), comedian Jake Johannsen, environmentalist Lindsay Dahl, Shiva Rose (“Return to Babylon”), Steve Connell (“We Are the Lions”), and designer/entrepreneur Steve Glenn, accompanied by music from Joel Harper. The event was generously sponsored by Costa, Klean Kanteen, Nordic Naturals and Outerknown; a generous donation from Ron and Kelly Meyer brought a group of students from Environmental Charter High School and Santa Monica High School. The event was amplified by media partner Plastic Pollution Coalition.

In addition to the live program, we hosted a reception with food and libations provided by Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Omnibus Delecto Catering, Reed's Ginger Beer and Theo Chocolate, where a Gold Frame photo booth enabled social sharing.

Thanks to photographer Erik Voake and videographer Chris Jones!


The silent auction featuring amazing items such as a guitars signed by Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, a Hardwood Music Company Whale Tail Drum, an Ape Shapes surfboard and Bureo Skateboard, spring capsule collections from Indigenous and Outerknown, jewelry from Hilary Beane and Smart Glass, a Josie Maran Cosmetics gift basket and Samudra skincare, an upcycled sail beach blanket from Urban Barrels and a Jeux de Vagues bikini, a week for two at Bodhi Surf School in Costa Rica, original art by Bret Stanley, Joan Hall, Mark Cunningham, Kris Goto and Brie English, yoga gear from Manduka and Prana, Okiino yoga pants, lessons from Performance Free Diving, tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Aquarium of the Pacific, and #plasticfree supplies from ChicoBag, Klean Kanteen, U*Konserve, The Refill Shoppe, Costa and Life Without Plastic. 

We are so grateful for the opportunity to host Voices 4 Oceans at the beautiful Moss Theater, located at the New Roads School at the Herb Alpert Educational Village. New Roads School is a diverse and cohesive educational community, reflective of the kaleidoscope of cultures, ethnicities, beliefs, and orientations that make the larger Los Angeles community so vibrant. New Roads believes that a meaningful 21st century education must include a diverse cohort as well as integration with the larger community in order to prepare students for conscientious participatory lives and not merely to ready them for college.

All proceeds from the event supported our new #foamfree Action Campaign, as well as 5 Gyres' mission to end the global health crisis of plastic pollution.

See you next year!