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rea estate CA Bile License # 00971634 September 29, 2017 www.facebook.com/4cire Pictured from left to right, Jim McCampbel] of the Catalina Island Yacht Club Foundation, Stacy Amarantos of the Catalina Island Medical Center, JJ Poindexter of Catalina Search & Rescue, and Jeff Christiansen of the Catalina Island Yacht Club Billfish Invitational. Each are holding checks that will be donated to local charities on the Island. Courtesy photo 9 Funds were raised the tournament, meeting and Saturday night's The Side Bet Tournament for award dinner many raffle items at 24th annual the largest tuna, dorado, or yel- and gift certificates were given Billfish Invitational low tail caught was won byaway and the bar was hosted team Katie A captained by Bill by Cheryl Melville, the wife FOR THE ISLANDER Holder with a yellow fin tuna of tournament founder Bill weighing in at 36.7 pounds. Melville. The 24th annual Catalina Team Katie A graciously The tournament committee Island Yacht Club Billfish donated the $900 winnings to thanks all the Avalon business- Invitational took place Sept. the Catalina Island Medical es that donated items and gift 8-9. Center Foundation. certificates to the tournament, Eighteen boats and 90 The Catalina Island Yacht including The Lobster Trap, angler&set out in search of the Club appreciates all the teams High Tide Traders, Steve's allusive marlin, and anglers who participated Steak House, Blue Water Grill, This year was one of three and their continued support Avalon Mooring and Dive years in the tournament's his- making this year's tournament Service, Maggie's Blue Rose, tory where there were several the most successful in the tour- Avalon Harbor Departmbnt, hookups but no billfish were nament's 24 year history. Avalon Seafood's Rosie's on the caught. The tournament donated pier, Ristorante Villa Portofino, Last Year's winner, D6j Vu, $20,000 to help support local and Seaport Bistro. captained by Dan Whitener will charities, such as Catalina The club appreciates and keep the coveted CIYC Billfish Island Search & Rescue, thanks everyone who helped Tournament trophy for another Catalina Island Medical Center make this year's event a success year as the reigning winner of Foundation, and C.H.O.I.C.E.S. with their kindness and contin- At Thursday night's captains ued support. Yacht Club raises money for Chimes Tower Club donated Yacht Club.One of the highlights of the party was a presentation all proceeds from by Alison Wrigley Rusack, who event in August began with a tribute to her great grandparents' vision for the Chimes Tower. Then she gave a FOR THE ISLANDER background on the foundation's work to date, and described the The Catalina Island Yacht fundraising goal and restoration Club held its CIYC Foundation plans. The foundation is currently Night fundraiser in August and donated 100 percent of the pro- working on a high'quality, long- ceeds to the Catalina Chimes term repair of the existing struc- Tower Foundation restoration ture, buttresses, and walls--giv- project, ing them a fresh clean look--a The event included a tour full repair of the chimes and of 223 Beacon, the Schindler- mechanism, and the preserva- tion and use of existing Catalina inspired Madam Wolfe House, a new state-of-the-art view home tile. Also part of the planis hand- with the infinity pool and gor- forged iron work, including a geous views from the Beacon hilltop, and drew more than 60 newly designed front door for yacht club members, increased visibility, new grills at The $150 ticket price was fully the chimes arches, and decora- tax deductible, with all of the tire fencing designed for close proceeds going to the Catalina viewing access, along with Chimes Tower Foundation. native landscape design and Attendees sipped cocktails installation and tower lighting and enjoyed hors d,oeuvres as "Ttiis was the most successful they strolled through the house, fundraiser in the Catalina Island before going on to an exquisite Yacht Club's history," said Jim dinner at the Catalina Island Wachtler, Catalina Island Yacht Club Commodore, who orga- nized the event. "We are delighted to be able to donate to such a worthy cause," he said. Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation chairman, Alison Wrigley Rusack, expressed her appreciation of the Catalina Island Yacht Club for their inge- nuity and generosity in contrib- uting to the p 'oject. According to Ms. Wrigley Rusack, "We are thrilled to join forces with clubs and organiza- tions such as the CIYC, who so enthusiastically support our efforts for the restoration of the historic Chimes Tower." How you can help To make a tax-deduc- table donation, please visit CatalinaChimes.org. Contributions can also be mailed directly to the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation at P.O. Box 677, Avalon, CA 90704. A receipt for your contribu- tion will be mailed to you. 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