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Steve Bray named 'Humanitarian of the Year' Steve Bray, owner and operat- ing manager at Steve's Steakhouse, was recently honored by the South- ern California Restaurant Writers, Inc., as the "2011 Humanitarian of the Year" for his contributions to the community of Avalon. Formed in 1975 to improve the quality of the restaurant industry in Southern California, the organiza- tion, whose membership consists of professionals in all aspects of the media, bestows awards upon restaurants and individuals whose standards of quality and service deserve special recognition. Each year award winners are chosen from restaurants stretching from Santa Barbara to the Mexi- can border and winners are then presented at an annual ceremony and then are published for the gen- eral-public. Steve Bray is deeply honored to receive this award, following renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck who was awarded Humanitarian of the Year in 2010. "I had no idea I had been awarded this honor," Bray com- mented. "I showed up to the usual monthly board of directors meet- ing at the chamber of commerce and it was announced at the meet- ing and everyone was congratulat- ing me." Bray also stated that he couldn't have achieved 10 years of operat- ing a successful business and hav- ing time to contribute to the com- munity without the dedication and help of his sons Bryce & Steven, restaurant manager Richard Alder- dice, chef Frank Blair, Ricardo Ro- driguez in the kitchen, his whole staff for making such a great team and his right arm and hostess Mar- garet Holguin. In addition to working 24/7 at his restaurant, Bray has always found time to contribute to the community he loves. He founded the annual "Just for the Halibut, Just For the Kids Tournament" with all proceeds going to kids programs throughout Catalina Is- land. The much-loved yearly event takes place the first weekend in June. To-date the event has raised more than $500,000 for youth pro- grams on Catalina Island. Since opening 10 years ago, Steve's Steakhouse has also racked up a few other awards. At the an- nual Avalon Taste Around, Steve's was voted "Best of Taste" in 2008, "Best of Drink" in 2009 and "Best Non-Alcoholic Drink" in 2010. Other accolades include a presti- gious ZAGAT rating as well as an approved Automobile Club AAA restaurant. Bray, who comes from a long line of pioneers of the Island, could not be more deserving. From left: Steven Bray, Jethro Rynn, Margret Holguin, and Steve Bray seen here at Steve's Steakhouse. From this island lineage, Bray inherited a love for the communi- ty, hardworking ethics, a profound respect for honesty, and a desire to satisfy visitors needs. Keeping with his upbringing, Bray found his calling in the res- taurant industry at an early age, which led him to become one of the most successful and respected restaurateurs in Avalon today. CATALINA COUPLES: GINA CICCONI AND VERN ALTIERI Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old. In special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to dan@cinews.us. HEALTH CLINIC First Tuesday of the month 1:3o - 4:30 p.m. Two Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. Out-patient, non-emergency services are available. • General preventative care • • Well-child checks • • Treatment of acute health conditions  • Treatment of chronic health conditions • • Minor wound care • Catalina0000-, Island Medical Center On-site laboratory work also available. • Urinalysis • • Hemoglobin • • Pregnancy tests • • Rapid strep tests • • Phlebotomy (blood draws) • P.O. Box 1563 1oo Falls Canyon Road Avalon, Calif. 90704 (31o) 51o-o7oo Appointments (31o) 51o-oo96 www.ClMedicalCenter.org Whites From page 1 White's Landing. They Will depart on Thursday and Friday, hopefully by boat using a newly installed floating dock. According to Savage, camp personnel, volunteers, and an inde- pendent contractor are working to repair the damage to the pier and to replace and repair the anchors for a new floating dock. Personnel from the Catalina Island Conser- vancy are helping to clear debris from the beach and to reinforce the damaged pier. The facility at White's Landing supports two outdoor education and recreation programs: Natural- ists at Large and The Catalina Ex- perience. The UPcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the opening weekend for yacht clubs around the island. White's Landing shares its cove with two yacht clubs, San Di- ego Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club. Balboa Yacht Club has an event planned on Catalina for this weekend. White's Landing should have a functional floating dock in time for Memorial Day weekend activities. 8 :, Friday, May 27, 2011 The CATALINA ISLANDER