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llJllllmii USC From page 1 most fun event is when they come to Catalina to perform." 'Bartner agreed that the USC Marching Band members see com- ing to the Fourth of July festivities in Avalon as something it gets to do, rather than something it has to do. He explained that there are three basic sessions for the USC band. "During the football season in the fall we have about 300 active band members," Bartner said. "In the spring that drops to about 125L In the summer we have between 50 and 75 members. As part of par- ticipating in the summer session, the band members get to go to Catalina. It's a very exciting time for them and they considerate it a perk." In addition, the band is often ac- companied in the parade by danc- ing cheerleaders and flag team. According to Southerland, for the first few years the band came, a few Avalon residents sponsored the cost, between $8,000 and $12,000, to bring the band over. They would pay for the transportation, meals and lodging. Bartner said an Avalon resident named Jack Wall had a lot to do with getting things started. The late Dr. Frank Blair, a musician turned dentist who was known for his phi- lanthropy toward music programs in Avalon as Well as on the main- land shared Wall's enthusiasm for bringing the marching band to the Island. "He used to donate spending money for the band members to use while they were on Catalina," Bartner said. "The students did not have to pay for anything while they were on the Island." "He had ties with USC and was a musician type of person," Suther- land said. " It was a huge project -and he couldn't afford to keep pay- ing for it all and started soliciting people in town to help. He asked if Rotary could assist him and we took it over about 10 years ago." Avalon Rotary has since worked closely with Dr. Bartner on the fundraising and organizing the event. "The people here really enjoy the band and when you perform in ont of people that appreciate you, it seems to make you play a lot better and that is what happens," Sutherland said. "This event, that used to be just a small town fun parade has grown into something great. A lot of people come over to the Island just to see and hear the marching band." Sutherland said that many peo- ple on and off Catalina have helped support the event. "Rose Ellen Gardner has been a big help, as well as Kevin Strege, our financial guy who has beenjust super," Sutherland said. "All kinds of people have helped with the fundraising and many USC sup- porters send money to the Rotary to help defray the costs. Every cent goes right toward the event." Some people donate money to become the bandleader for one musical number. "This has been such a great pro- gram, it's hard to believe that it was only going to be a one time event," Bartner said. "I hope it continues every year." Bartner said he regrets that he will not be able to lead the band to :' the Island this year, but has faith in his replacement, Tony Fox. "He has been my assistant for 39 of the 40 years I have been with the marching band and will continue making it a special day," Bartner said. r LOCKS OF mmm We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 23rd Annual Just for the Halibut, Just for the Kids Tournament! We could not have done it with out the support of many people & businesses in & outside of this community! o THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS: Casino Dock Cafe - Steve's Steakhouse -- Abe's Liquor Store The Locker room -- Jordahl Construction, Inc. -- Catalina Bever- age -- Ron Bevins - Island Water Charters - Absolute Vodka -- Lions Club -- Arts, Caps &.Designs -- Afishinado Char~ers -- Straight Up Builders ~ Island Rentals - Catalina Freight Lines -- Rotary Club ~ Leos Drugstore EVENT & RAFFLE CONTRIBUTORS: Island Rentals -- Malibu Rum -- Catalina Transportation Services -- Parasail Catalina - SCI CO. ~ Angela Bogard ~ Connolty Pacific -~ Golf Gardens -~ Stair Case -- Catalina Transfer ~ Wet Spot -- Marketplace Emporium -- Legends -- CSC -- Island Breeze - Catalina Island inn -- Catalina Kids -- Catalina cable " -- Del Sol ~- Catalina Hair & Nails -- Gold Company -- Pete's Car6 - Island Threadz - Catalina Express -- Cookie Company -- Coyote Joes -- Lloyds -- Avalon Fire Department -- Chets Hardware Store - The Landing Bar & Grill SPECIAL THANKS: Erin Costello - Judy Rios ~ Mary Boyd -- Kim Felix -- Savan- nah Felix -- ]D Felix - Malinda Ramirez - Cindy MacGugan- Aurora Felix ~ Russ Armstrong for weighing the tournament fish - Steve Bray our founder for continuing to support the tournament -- and All the Anglers who supported this years Tournament Also, we greatly appreciate the support of our family, friends, & the entire Avalon communit THANK YOU!!! Jim Hoffmann, Mark Costeflo & Kellie Costello Kaylie Miller organized the 2nd annual Locks of Love event on June 14, in which 55 people participated by donating their hair. There was also a challenge to Avalon schools staff and parents to raise money and get staff members to partici- pate. Donna Sharpe, Patti Engel, and Frannie Finley from Avalon Schools each donated hair to the event, and the school raised and donated a total of $530. This total combined with proceeds raised during the actual event marked a grand total of $1200 raised for the program. "Catalina for a Cause", a group of local high school girls put the event together with Millerls help. Local hairstylists who donated their time were: Lourdes Thoricht, Jasmine Thoricht, Monica Rubio, Aisha Hoffman, and Veronica Fuentes. Seen here are Lourdes Thoricht and hair donator Isabella Cline, 6. 4 ) Friday, June 17, 2011