Our annual Summer Gala to bring awareness and support to a worthy honoree hosted by the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons
Bringing people closer to the world’s oceans through education & awareness
The Lonely Whale Foundation is dedicated to bringing people closer to the world’s oceans through education and awareness, inspiring empathy and action for ocean health and the wellbeing of marine wildlife.
Our mission as a social enterprise was established to create collaborative philanthropy between dedicated organizations, scientists, policy makers, communities, and documentarians that are working together towards the common goal of ocean preservation.
Supporting the families of fallen Navy Seals and all Special Operations personnel
The National Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial’s Trident House is a tranquil waterfront residence located directly along the beautiful Indian River in Sebastian, Florida. The lovely home serves as a critical and complimentary respite for the families of U.S. Navy SEALs who were killed in the Line of Duty (LoD). It is also available to battle worn or injured SEALs and their families, as well as to other military personnel with similar needs.
The fully equipped, three bedroom three bath retreat has an outdoor swimming pool and dock. Guests can view colorful sunrises, dolphin and pelicans soaring by from the covered back porch. This serene environment is a powerful de-stressor and is highly conducive to the process of reconnecting fragile relationships.
UN Goodwill Ambassador and Lonely Whale Foundation, Co-Founder
Actor, film maker, entrepreneur and Dell Social Good advocate. As an actor he is best known for playing the iconic role of A-list movie star Vincent Chase in eight seasons of the HBO smash hit "Entourage." broadening his work behind the camera as a documentary filmmaker through his company Reckless Productions. Grenier also serves as a social good advocate on behalf of Dell, championing healthier, eco-friendly choices through digital storytelling and advocacy.
Master Chief SEAL (Ret.)
Born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Rick joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He attended Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training Class 109 in Coronado, CA. Rick was assigned to SEAL Team Two in Little Creek, VA in 1980. He served at SEAL Team Two from 1980 until 1985, specializing in winter warfare, combat diving, and sniping until he was selected for duty at SEAL Team Six in 1985.
In 1993, Rick received the Silver Star Medal for Valor during the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down). He served at ST-5 from 1985 through October of 2012. During his time at ST-6, Rick acted as sniper, explosives expert, lead training Chief, sniper team leader, and Deputy Operations Officer.
Rick continues to serve his country and fellow SEALs by helping to educate others about this unique special operations force and further the Frogman heritage as the Executive Director of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Rick is married to Barbara Kaiser and has two children, Emily and Eric. Rick and Barbara currently reside in Vero Beach, Florida.
Actress/Singer, Helen Hayes Award nominee
Actress/Singer, Helen Hayes Award nominee, and new recording artist Mary Millben is slated to perform at the 2017 Blue Dream Summer Gala. In just a few short years, this stunning and versatile soprano has performed for The White House, the United States Congress, Off-Broadway, Major League Baseball, the XLIII Superbowl Halftime Show with Bruce Springsteen, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few. Mary has also performed for President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Her Royal Highness Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, Canadian business magnate Jim Pattison, and most recently Mary performed for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Victory Celebration of President Donald Trump.
Mary joins us on the heels of the release of her highly anticipated debut single “Grace Will Lead Me Home.” The stirring hymn was exclusively premiered on BET’s inspirational ‘A Joyful Noise’ program April 9th, 2017 - marking Mary’s national TV debut. “Grace” is available now on all leading digital platforms worldwide. “Grace” is the closing song in the new film “The Meanest Man in Texas,” directed by Justin Ward, and produced by Brad Wilson and Casey Bond. Premiering in film festivals all over the United States, the film has garnered over 40 awards and nominations. "Grace" was nominated for 'Best Song' in the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Recently, "Grace" and the film received the award for 'Best Picture' from Influx Magazine - the 5th 'Best Picture' award for "The Meanest Man in Texas. In addition, on August 4th, Mary released her second single “Faith in Love,” also available on all leading digital platforms worldwide.
Mary was the featured soloist for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening gala for donors, the 2016 Rio/U.S. Olympic Announcement Ceremony for USA Team Fencing, and was a soloist in the 2008 National Symphony Orchestra Pops Christmas concert led by the late Marvin Hamlisch and Dr. Joyce Garrett. Mary made her New York debut at the Westchester Broadway Theatre starring in Ray Roderick’s Gershwin musical ‘S Wonderful. A former White House intern and White House Presidential Appointee to President George W. Bush, Mary is a Global Ambassador for Education Africa, a National Spokesman for American Federation for Children, and a board member of ScholarVets. Mary strives most to be known for her faith in God, love for family, and advocacy for veterans and military families. Mary shares her journey with Johnny President, a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the U.S. Intelligence community for 30+ years.
The moment listeners hear Mary’s voice they understand why the most powerful leaders in the world are fans.
THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HAMPTONS
HAS GIVEN OVER
to support charitable organizations
over Blue Dream’s six year history.
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children was established in June 2015 as an operating non-profit to continue Beau Biden’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially children who have fallen victim to abuse and neglect.
Amani Global Works’ central philosophy is to Care, Cure and Make Whole by providing healthcare to one of the most impoverished and forgotten areas of Africa, Idjwi Island. Refugees International is a leading advocacy organization which campaigns for lifesaving assistance and protection for refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, persecution or natural disasters.
Amani Global Works values the importance of accessible healthcare for all communities on the island of Idjwi by focusing on maternal healthcare, child healthcare and malnutrition as well as other factors that contribute directly to the region’s health crisis such as education and transportation.
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters.
Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals born with neurofibromatsis (NF), the term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis.
I would like to support the Lonely Whale Foundation and the Navy SEAL Museum's Trident House Charities Program.
I cannot attend but would like to support the Lonely Whale Foundation and the Navy SEAL's Museum's Trident House Charities Program and with an enclosed tax-deductible gift.
The Parish will donate 70% of this year’s proceeds to the Lonely Whale Foundation and Navy SEAL Museum. All proceeds from the event will be shared between the Lonely Whale Foundation, Navy SEAL Museum and Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. All contributions are deductible to the extent provided by the law. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.