SAVE THE DATE!
21st Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Avalon Casino Ballroom, Catalina Island
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Guests Enjoy Elegant Evening at the
20th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball
Fun-filled Event Supports Conservation, Education
and Recreation Programs
More than 450 guests enjoyed an elegant evening of dining, dancing and supporting the Catalina Island Conservancy at its 20th Annual Ball on April 11, in the historic Avalon Casino ballroom. Over its history, the fun-filled event has raised over $5.3 million to support the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs.
“We thank our many supporters who joined us for the 20th Annual Ball,” said Ann M. Muscat, the Catalina Island Conservancy’s president and CEO. “Their contributions help ensure the Conservancy can continue to protect this beautiful Island and enhance its education and recreation programs. We also thank all the volunteers who helped make the evening such a great success.”
Corsair Yacht Club, which hosted the first Conservancy Ball and the 10th Conservancy Ball, was the co-host for the 20th Annual Conservancy Ball, “Leapin’ Lizards! An Emerald Celebration.” U.S. Bank was the Sponsor Reception partner. Among the many honored guests were U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach and his wife, Dr. Deborah Malumed; State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell of Long Beach, and his wife, Jennifer O’Donnell; Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall and her husband, Billy Delbert; Avalon Mayor Pro Tem Oley Olsen and his wife, Kate Olsen; and Avalon City Councilmember Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy and her husband, Mike Cassidy.
A spirited live auction produced prize-winning bids for several items, including a one-of-a-kind, hand-etched Balthazar of Rusack Vineyards Santa Catalina Island wine, a romantic Danube river cruise for two and an opportunity to be a guest bartender at the Bluewater Grill. Among the more than 100 silent auction items on which guests bid were vintage Catalina Island memorabilia, jewelry, artwork and vacation stays in Pebble Beach, Mammoth, Scotland and other destinations.
Guests also bid on unique Catalina Island adventures including a Jeep® Eco Tour with Conservancy President and CEO Ann M. Muscat, Ph.D., a day in the field with the Conservancy Director of Wildlife Management Julie King as she conducts the annual Catalina Island fox trapping, a week at a Catalina summer camp and a natural history tour with Conservancy Chief Conservation and Education Officer John M. Mack.
Society Beat, a popular group with a Big Band sound, provided the music for dancing and entertained the guests throughout the evening.