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Friday, May 22, 2009 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Page 3 ! Despite dull economi outlook, event raise nearly as much as last year for Island's hyper- baric chamber BY DENNIS KA,SER ! There is nothing like a $10,000 rush at the end of the event to make your day. So said Ken Kurtis, chairman of the recent Cfiamber Day event that raised about $47,115 for the continued operation of Catalina's Hyperbaric Chamber. ~ The chamber on Catalin~ is One of three in the local Southern California area that services scuba divers suffering from the bends-- decompression sickness. It is a pain resulting from rapid change in pressure that can lead to death if not treated with such remedies as use of a hyperbaric chamber to stabilize the pressure in a person's body. If a diver is sent for hyper- baric chamber treatment they are taken either to Catalina, UCLA Medical Center or Long Beach Memorial Hospital. There is also a fourth chamber for divers in San Diego at UCSD Medical Center, which is actually the most promi- nent facility of its kind in Southern California. There are other hyperbaric chambers in the area; however, they are used for other medical purposes, not to treat the bends. Catalina's hyperbaric cham- ber opened its hatches for injured divers on Oct. 5, 1974. It is turn- ing 35 this year and continuing to serve the diving community. The Chamber Day includes a "Chamber Challenge" that encom- passes donations and raising funds through its main event, a full day of diving at two sites at Catalina, a walking tour of the Chamber at the Isthmus and a raffle. "In terms of the challenge, it's the second best we've done. Wedid about $50,000 last year," said a pleasantly surprised Karl Huggins. Huggins is the only full time employee at the Island's hyperbar- ic chamber. "It was quite surpris- ing that we did so well this year, beeause of the economy." Kurtis said he was equally excited about the results of the fundraiser. "What an amazing total," he said. "It comes with an amazing story too." According to Kurtis, six of the boats that were to participate in the dives made a weather call and opted not to go last Wednesday. An instructor who was on one of the cancelled boats decided to use the newly-found time to catch up on a pool session with a private student. When the student found out why the instructor was available the student said, "I guess they must be losing out on some rev- enue because of the boats that can- celled. Maybe I can help a bit." He wrote out and handed the instructor a check for $5000. He asked to remain anonymous and simply be listed as "Scuba Angel." (But he lit five candles with his generous donation.) It takes $1,000 to "light a can- die" on the Chamber Challenge "birthday cake." Kurtis praised other donors including John Delaney as another Gold-level donor with an $1100 contribution. "John's been a longtime sup- porter of the Chamber," Kurtis said. "Don Lake, Dave Carver, Rebecca Jackrel, and Maja Vrvilo each gave a $500 donation and helped us light two more candles. When we started this out, we didn't really know if we could get all the candles lit at $1000/candle but we thought it was worth a try. Kurtis said they would keep the Chamber Challenge open for late donations through June 3. For more information, visit the Web site or call (310) 652-4990. I I.\ Xlll ;lO~ C()\JV Contact us at (310) 510-0500 or vote counts. It's easy to vote sion/restroom building, the court- go to http://www.frostedflakes, yard, fencing and lighting the bids com/#/plant-a-seed/ or go to the will be awarded mid-June. city's Web site a Day Camp and Swim Lessons and follow the link. We need your just around the corner. Sign- help. Voting ends May 31. ups begin June 1. Stop into the Additionally, Phase I of the Recreation Dept. to pick up appli- project is out to bid. This phase cations. Camp begins June 15 and of the project includes the conces- Swim Lessons begin June 29. Avalon Youth Basketball is continuing to go strong. The play- ers are beginning to gel as a team. They are listening and learning from their coacfies. Coach Z has really ensured the success of the program his ,tireless hours are really making a difference. The battles on the court have been exciting to watch, as each player is getting better at their skills. There are three games left in the season. T-Ball, Sluggers and Squirts baseball season is upon us. There will be a mandatory parent meet- ing and registration at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at Joe Machado Ball Field. These leagues are open for children age 4th- to 5th-grade. The Recreation departments need to know if parents are willing to participate as coaches. Stop into the Recreation Department to get a registration form. Joe Machado Ball Field is one of the semifinalists in the Kellog's Frosted Flakes Plant-a- Seed Grant. Last month Avalon officials asked everyone to vote for Joe Machado and it paid off we are now one of the 100 semi- finalists. The selected were nar- rowed down form thousands. The Recreation Department is asking for everyone to vote again and ask all your friends and family to vote as well. Avalon is competing with some large cities so every For the 4th of July Parade the USC Band will lead our parade for the 20th consecutive year. 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Come celebrate freedom at the 4th of July Parade with the USC Trojan Band leading the way] Please help make it all possible. Send your donations to: Rotary USC Band Fund, P.O. Box 444 Avalon CA 90740 [STAT[,INC. Bahia Vista A7 - 2 BD, 2 BA. Most Viflas listed are furnished withI End unit near pgol. 6olf cart & some goef cart & vacaUo. Reml Pemat / furnishings included. $495,000 Villa 10-66 ~ 380. 3 BA. Only t 219 Beacon B - 2 Master BDs, steps to the beech! t~}84,000 I 2.5 BA. Furnished, View of the boy. 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