Denim & Pearls: Clean Ocean Action’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Clean Ocean Action (COA) is celebrating 30 amazing years of ocean advocacy and protection! Denim & Pearls will be held on Friday, November 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Windows on the Water, 931 Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.

Denim & Pearls will host over 300 ocean advocates, elected officials, and new and longtime supporters of Clean Ocean Action.  This night of casual elegance and fun with a panoramic view of the ocean will highlight food by Chef ­­­Pete Cruz of Windows on the Water and tastings from renowned shore chefs including a raw bar by Lusty Lobster, hors d’oeuvres by Brennan’s Delicatessen, and more.

Guests will enjoy an exciting night of music with coastal rockers Brian Kirk and The Jirks and a special cocktail hour with longtime supporter Thom White & The Little Rogues. Throughout the evening, there will be a silent auction and a chance raffle to win amazing trips, gift baskets, and jewelry from Gem of an Idea, Fair Haven. An art gallery will offer auction selections from local artists of the Jersey Shore. This is a fall event that you don’t want to miss!

Since 1984, Clean Ocean Action has worked tenaciously to keep the ocean swimmable and fishable in the New Jersey and New York region. The proceeds from this event will help fund important research projects, challenge threats from harmful ocean industrialization, educate the small and the tall, organize Beach Sweeps, conduct water quality monitoring, and more.

Your support for a clean ocean is as special as a pearl in an oyster — unique but treasured. The pearl is also the official gem of the 30th anniversary. Tickets to Denim & Pearls start at $100 ($125 at event) and all guests will be given a special edition commemorative book, True Blue: 30-Years of Making Waves. This book will highlight COA’s accomplishments, programs, events, and important individuals throughout the years. Page sponsorships for the book may still be available; please check with COA’s office.

Denim & Pearls is sponsored by Montecalvo Material Recovery Facility, The Guttenplan Family Foundation, The Mulheren Family, Plymouth Rock Assurance, Whole Earth Center, The McManus Family, Medallion Financial Corp., Gem of an Idea, Guaranteed Plants & Florist, Sea Bright Solar, The Raia Family, and CWA Local 1075. Underwriting provided by the Garofalo Family and German Vreeland and Associates.

Event tickets and sponsorship opportunities that include reserved tables are still available! This event is a great opportunity for local businesses to show their support for cleaner oceans and beaches. Contact Tory Woods, COA event coordinator, at 732-872-0111,, or visit

The volunteer event chairperson is Donna Beriont with DNB Events- New Jersey. Local members of the community on the committee are Jessica Baguchinski, Beverly Beveridge, Ann Donlon, Judy Garofalo, Carol Johnson, Nicky Kelly, Ellen Korpar, Tania Lisitski, Nancy Pearman, Debi Pomerleau, Maryellen Purcell, Kristen Rankin, Ann Rossbach, and Stevie Thompson. The commemorative book committee is Chairperson Liz Thees, Joyce Donovan, Paula Planer, and Jeanne Shanley. The writer for True Blue is Kari Martin, a previous employee and longtime supporter of COA.


About Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Action (COA) is a coalition of 125 boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups. Based on Sandy Hook, COA is the only full-time regional coalition that works exclusively for a clean ocean off the coasts of New Jersey and New York.  Visit for more information.

Clean Ocean Action (COA) has been working to protect the marine waters spanning Cape May, NJ, to Montauk, NY, for 30 years.  In that time, COA closed all eight ocean dumpsites; fought for cleaner water for swimmers, surfers and boaters; and leads the largest grassroots environmental event in New Jersey, “Beach Sweeps”.  The organization’s goals are to continue to make a positive impact on our marine waters through research, education, and citizen action.