The 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball of the Catalina Island Conservancy included the celebration of “Taking Flight”. The event was conducted on April 01, 2017, at the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom and more than 500 guests took part in the celebration.
Several guests who attended the event donned feathers in honor of the theme of the ball and went on to dance to the Big Band sounds of Society Beat. In addition to that, many of the guests also made bids on the auction items, which included a popular Balthazar of Rusack wine.
The 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball was kicked off by Tony Budrovich, who is the President and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy. He started the proceedings by welcoming the guests and urging them to join in the celebration of 45th Anniversary of Catalina Island Conservancy. After the announcement, Budrovich went on to introduce the elected individuals to speak. The elected individuals included 47th District Congressman Alan Lowenthal, 4th District Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall.
Reports from several sources had earlier stated that the Catalina Island Conservancy has nearly completed the completion of their Imagine Catalina campaign’s first phase. The officials from Catalina Island Conservancy also celebrated this achievement during the ball.
In order to keep with the theme of the ball, Taking Flight, a short video was presented to the guests, which documented the work of the conservancy for monitoring the seabirds of Catalina Island. The theme of the event symbolized the idea of Imagine Catalina moving forward since the conservancy is continuing the construction of their new visitor center, The Trailhead.
“We wish to thank all our guests for their generous support of the Catalina Island Conservancy and their commitment to restoring and protecting Catalina Island for future generations,” Budrovich said. “We are also extremely grateful to our many sponsors who gave so generously to this event, including our Presenting Sponsor, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.; our Sponsor Reception Partner, US Bank; our Cocktail Hour Partner, Capital Group Companies, and our various community partners.”
The main purpose of Catalina Island Conservancy’s programs is to protect and restore the Catalina Island and to offer both educational and nature-based recreational chances on its 42,000-acre area. Reports say that the Conservancy earned approximately $600,000 for their programs through the bidding at the event.