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School From page 1 knowledged the incredible service that thisprogram brings to.the kids in Avalon, and was presented with a plaque to commemorate his years of dedication. As for when the new clinic would be open for services, Morrow reported that from what he understood the modiale was com- plete but he did not know when it would actually be installed on the school campus. Wayne Herbst, administrator at the Avalota School, said the prepa- ration of the building site and foun- dation work had not yet begun, but there are current plans to hold an open house sometime in February of 2012. Barbara Lieberman-Jones, the CDHC Development Director for the project, confirmed the grand opening plans for February, and explained that it would coincide with National Give Kids A Smile Month. She went on to describe the amazing contributions by an- other supporter of the foundation, Patty Ann McKinnon, who donated $1 million to the project. 'q'he lead donor for the new clin- ic is Patty Ann McKinnon with the Ahmanson Foundation contributing $100,000 towards the technology and equipment," Lieberman-Jones said. While many people were involved in establishing the Avalon CDHC, Patty Ann McKinnon was credited with being the financial angel who made the clinic possible. "She was a real hero," Morrow said. He said the dental clinic was started 25 years ago to serve children who were poor or whose .parents could not afford den- tal care. Such funding has been critical to this project because the clinic re- ceives no state funding at all. Ac- cording to Herbst, Avalon Schools is providing the space for the building and Long Beach Unified School Dis- trict is providing the utilities, but the Long Beach Children's Dental Clinic is funding the clinic itself. The den- fists who work at the clinic are volun- teers who, once or twice a month, take the boat to Catalina and donate their time to treat the Island's underserved children. lAND CHRISTY LINS lf or the of another local Catalina couple to be )e young or old. In special places,-special occa- Jtion photo to dan@cinew.us. '5 (Seen clockwise fromabove) Photo 1: Former Mayor and current City Council member, Ralph Morrow. was presented a plaque honoring his 20 years worth of service and dedication to the (hildren's Dental Health Clinic program here in Avalon. Photo 2: A group of individuals com- prised of CDHC Board Members, Program Directors. and local school nurses and staff, are seen performing a ceremonial ground-breaking at the sight of the new Dental Clinic at Avalon Schools. Photo 3: Several of the odginal team members from 1988 who were involved in setting up the original small trailer, donated by USC. to provide dental services to Avalon youth. ! Local artist Danny Peterson, created this piece of art featuring the Marlin Club, one of Avalon's most popular watering holes. The painting earned Peterson first place in the category of "Best Mixed Media", as well as achieving the honor of being named "Best of Show" for the 53rd Annual Festival of Art which was held earlier this month. THE CATAUNA IsLANDER ..................... vridaY,september 30, 2011