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RUGBY 5. As a little-rugby This year, uF - will also depart from the Plaza. . . ' . . CALLING ALL AVALON RESIDENTS! Your tax dollars entitle you to "taxi tickets" for $2.00 or $2,50 per ride. Come by Catalina Transportation offices at 228 Metropole Avenue to sign up. Call 310-510-0342 for more info. 17th Conservancy Ball breaks record for .proceeds EVENT BENEFITS CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY'S EFFORTS ISLANDS WILD- LANDS BY BOB RHEIN This year's 17th Annual Con- servancy Ball, benefitting the Catalina Island Conservancy, was a great success despite the formi- weather challenges on April 14. Themed "History in the Mak- ing" the Ball celebrated the 40- year anniversary of the Conser- vancy's work to protect and restore Catalina's wildlands. Not only was it the top gross- ing Ball in the history of the event, it also made history thanks to the high winds which, that day, made cross-channel passage by boat im- possible (more on that later). "We are especially grateful to Ball Committee co-chairs Mike and Gloria Sullivan and all who served on the Committee, as well as Balboa Yacht Club Commodore Judi Gorski for their work on this year's record-breaking Ball," said Ann Muscat, Conservancy presi- dent and CEO. SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERwNG T’E CHURCH. REACHING THE :SLAND 346 CATALINA AVE Julie King, director of conservation and wild- life management, holds Tachi, a Catalina Island Fox. Photo by Bob Rhein In attendance were great grand- children of celebrated industrialist William Wrigley Jr., including Alison Wrigley Rusack, Blanny Hagenah, Will Hagenah, and Hel- en Rosburg. Also in attendance was great-great grandchild Kristi Clarkson. More than 100 guests were left stranded on the mainland includ- ing the dance band and entertain- ment for the evening, a group called Vox Audio. All arrived safely and on time, thanks to the spontaneous generosity of Geoffrey Claflin Ru- sack who provided his private plane to whisk the band and entertainers to the event via the Conservancy's Airport in the Sky. The event, co-hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club,-was sold out weeks in advance. The club had chartered the Newport Flyer to bring 80 guests to and from the event on the same day. Unable to leave Newport Harbor, they held their own party back at their club- house and bid on auction items at the Ball via Skype, iPads, and mo- bile phones. One of the many stunning items auctioned that evening was a baltha- zar (16 bottles) of First Harvest Rusack Santa Catalina Island Vine- yards 2009 Pinot Noir. This year, the bottle sold at auction for $8,600. The program included a spon- sor reception at Casa de Monte, the historic 1927 Avalon home of Alison Wrigley Rusack and Geof- frey Claflin Rusack. Followed by the Ball with hosted cocktails and a dinner- of bacon-wrapped petite filet mignon and caramel- ized sea scallops. Completing the meal was a dessert of citrus crSme brul6e cheesecake. Because of the weather chal- lenges, the local community of Avalon was invited to take up empty seats and attend the event through a last minute "will call" system. As guests made their way in to the Casino, they passed by the Conservancy's new Jeep Eco Tour vehicle and were invited to tour the new Mobile Nature Station, both making their debut that night. "History in the Making," made history. Your neighbors, your friends and your famii all working together to care for our community During NationaiHospital Week and throughout the year, Catalina Island Medical Center salutes the more than 60 employees who dedicate their lives to improve the health of our commufiity. , Medical Group Office • Information Technology • Dietary. • Housekeeping • Physical Therapy • Registration • • Laboratory • Nursing • Diagnostic lmaging • Plant Operations • Medical Records • Marketing • Administration • Patient Accounting • Finance • Central Supply • Social Services • Infection Control • And our physicians & nurse practitioners t A destination for (31o) 51o-o7oo Catalina00 patient-centered excellence 1oo Falls Canyon Road Island Medical Center and health enrichment. PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 I 8 ! Friday, May 4, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER