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Year In Review From page 6 Film Fest kicks off in style The Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of-film on Catalina that features more than 75 films, nightly events and enter- tainment opened on May 4. Stan Lee, the legendary comic book creator. ,gas honored at the festival. Lee accepted the Festival's Prestigious Ronald Reagan "Great Communicator" Award, hosted the Catalina premiere of: "With Great Power--The Stan Lee Story," and participated in the "The Anatomy of POW!" panel and introduced a screening of "The Avengers." From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers flocked to Catalina for inspiration. Films were screened m multiple venues around the Island, includ- ing the iconic, art deco, 1,200-seat Avalon Theatre.Festival promoter Ron Truppa said the event exceed- ed his hopes for attendance. Ball breaks all Julie King, director of conservation and wild- life management, holds Tachi, a Catalina Island Fox. Photo by Bob Rhein This year's 17th Annual Con- servancy Ball, benefitting the Catalina Island Conservancy, was a great success despite the formi- dable weather challenges. Themed "History in the Making," the Ball celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the Conservancy's work to pro- tect and restore Catalina's wild- Stan Lee, legendary comic creator, receives the Ronald Reagan "Great Communicator" award at the Friday evening launch of the Catalina Film Festival. To the right is Film Festival Founder Ron Truppa. Photo by Scotty Lopez lands. Not only was it the top gross- ing Ball in the history of the event, it also made history thanks to the high winds which, that day, made cross-channel passage by boat im- possible (more on that later). In attendance were great grand- children of celebrated industrial- ist William Wrigley Jr., including Alison Wrigley Rusack, Blanny Hagenah. Will Hagenah, and Hel- en Rosburg. Also in attendance was great-great grandchild Kristi Clarkson. One of the many stunning items auctioned that evening was abaltha- zar (16 bottles) of First Harvest Ru- sack Santa Catalina Island Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir. This year, the bottle sold at auction l or $8.600. races draw The Catalina Classic skate- board races drew spectators and participants from far and near to the Island over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Mike Vallely carved out a mini ramp demo on Wrigley Stage accompa- nied by a crew including Brad Park- er. Cody Hagel and Tyler Mumma. They are each well-known in the world of skateboarding. A few Islanders also took to the ramp. Showing his skills with moves known to skateboard- ing afficiandoes as dropping in Switch Stance, popping a Front- side Boneless, pulling a Sad Plant to Fakie; Vallely had the toes of spectators from all ages curled tightly in their Vans. Rugby Fest marks 19th The 2012 Catalina Island Rug- by Festival marked its 19th year on Catalina on Saturday, May 5. About 12 teams and more than 300 people from far and wide ar- rived on the Island for the event. Participants attending the rug- by festival added to an already packed town, which was buzzing Rugby players are ready to rumble. Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi with two other major events taking place, and an extra cruise ship wsit on Sunday. Despite the larger-than-normal crowds, there were no incidents re- ported by the LA Sheriff's Depart- ment. "Overall, it was a very success- ful weekend," said Lt. Doug Fet- teroll. "From a public safety per- spective, everything went great." Road, Sheep Chute, Little Harbor Road, Middle Ranch Road, the Divide Road( East End Road. Renton Mine Road; and in Town. Wrigley Road, Beacon Street, Metropole Avenue, and Casino Way. Chamber Day funds a record Gran Fondo draws 500 The US Cup and Team Big Bear presented the inaugural Catalina Island Gran Fondo on Saturday. May 12. The non-com- petitive bicycle ride drew more Ken Kurtis, chairman of the recent Chamber Day/Night and Chamber Challenge, said he was pleased with the proceeds from this year's fundraising event. In fact they set a new record. A total of $134,783 was raised this year to help support the Is- land's USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. "Simply incredible, especially when you realize that there were years when the entire event didn't do this much," Kurtis said of the Chamber Challenge. "Obviously, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who gave to the Compressor Challenge. That alone accounts for $27,000. We got started with $5 000 in seed money from an than 500 participants who chose Ocean Institute donor (who had al- from three separate rides; the 13- ready made a sizeable donation)." mile Ridge Route; tlae 35-mile That was~followed by another Middle Island Route and the 55- mile Two Harbors Route. Ninety- five percent of the rides took place on Conservancy Land outside of Avalon. Roads impacted ificlude Stagecoach Road, the Airport donor through the Maddie James Foundation who came up with an $11,000 matching grant if we could come up with the other $11,000. The Chamber Challenge netted $73,930 by Tuesday, May 8. Year In Review, Page 9 l THE CATAUNA ISLANDER December 28, 2012 ] 7