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Catalina joins the battle for St. Jude--Second Annual Islanders gather to support children's research hospital FROM SANTA CATALINA ISLAND RESORT SERVICES St. Jude Children's Research Hospital community and event sponsors, organizers reached their goal. Total donations collected were over $15,000. Last year, Catalina residents collected $10,000; this money helped over 50 kids on blood transfusions. This year, it will cover three days in an ICU room. The Sponsors Artists: Voz de Mando, Victoria Ortiz, Rosie Rivera, Banda Los Plebes de Sinaloa, Grupo Renuente, Grupo Exceso, Vijilanzia Nortefia, E1 Jerezano, Brian Torres, Alondra Santos, and local group Sin Frontera donated 100% of their time. International House of Music sponsored the music equipment. Event organizers issued a special thank you to the Santa Catalina Company, who spon- sored this event by donating the Casino Ballroom. Hotels Atwater, Pavilion, Metropole, El Terrado, Hermosa, Island Inn, La Paloma, and Seaport Village also joined the cause, by sponsoring rooms for our artists and media. On Sept. 16, a non- profit Dance/ Concert took place at the Casino to sup- port the St. Jude organiza- tion, a world leader institu- tion in finding Anni Marshall cures and sav- Mayor ing children with cancer and other life-threatening dis- eases. This year, 700 people attended, including the majority of the local Hispanic community and visitors from around Southern California; 11 Hispanic performers joined the cause. Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall also made a special appearance to show support of this event. Telemundo and Estrella TV, two of the most important Hispanic television news outlets, were in charge of the media coverage. The Hospital spends approxi- mately $1.9 million a day helping these children. With the help of the Avalon The Catalina Chamber of Commerce, Unlimitedgrafx, Maggie's Blue Rose, Blue Water Grille, St Lauren, Leo's Drug Store, Latitude 33, Buoys and Gulls, Two's Company, Catalina Express, Catalina Freight Line, Cheesecake House of Lake Elsinore and Steamer Trunk were also big part of donations by offer- ing us door prizes. A statement issued by the group expressed appreciation to the Avalon Community, who once again showed that we could all come together and make a differ- ence. Every little helps and every- one's support makes a difference for these kids battling cancer. We hope we can continue to do this event annually. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Edmundo Vega Jr., and Amelia Rivera thanked the com- munity for making this event a great success. The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric cata- strophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's abil- ity to pay. Thomas, best known as the star of the comedy "Make Room for Daddy," opened the hos- pital in 1962 as a shrine to St. Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases. Carlos Jimenez (St. Jude Rep), Gaby Leon and Edmundo Vega (Event Coordinators) with donation check from Catalina Gives to Battle on Sept. 24, in front of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Courtesy photo i ! [ COMING SOON! .e COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT To benefit Avalon School Cheerleaders Overlook Hall Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 pm Tickets $10 Buy tickets at the door or from your favorite cheerleader For more info, text 310-634-3567. THE CATALINA ISLANDER .......................................................................................................................................................................... Fridayl Oct.0ber 10[26i4 iS