Catalina Island Foundation (CIF) is a non-profit series of funds that is aimed at addressing the local issues. Founded in 2014, CIF aims to support the programs that are necessary for the well-being of the island community. The programs include scouts activities, youth groups, health initiatives, school field trips, education on substance abuse and remediation, performing arts and sports, and college scholarships.
CIF has recently donated 20,000 dollars to Catalina Kid Ventures (CKV) for playground resurfacing. The Foundation has handed a 10,000 dollars check to CKV staffs and participants and the check completed the 20,000 dollars commitment to resurface the playground area.
It is to be noted that CIF has been supporting Catalina Kid Ventures since 2014. They allocated funds for the purchase of playground equipments for children, and also offered funds to resurface part of the playground in 2015. With the latest donation from CIF, it will be possible to cover the complete surface of the playground with safety material.
“The safety of our children is a top priority at CKV,” said Carol Burcome, CKV Preschool Director. “We are very grateful for CIF’s kind and thoughtful donation and its support of the children, parents and teachers of Avalon.” CIF accepts funding requests from all non-profit civic groups that are working to improve the quality of life in the island.
Donation to Catalina Island Conservancy
In other news, Catalina Island Conservancy received a donation of 1,400 dollars from Las Caballeras, which is an organization of horsewomen who gather every fall for six-day vacation on Catalina with their horses. The 1,400 dollars donation was made from the various contributions that were collected during their ride on the island.
The first ride of Las Caballeras was scheduled on 1995, and since then, the annual event has grown from 26 riders to 50 riders. Members of the group have been strong supporters of the Catalina Island Conservancy, participating in the Conservancy Annual Ball, raising funds, and hosting and participating in many other events on the island.
Together with their male counterparts, the horsewomen form the equestrian support group of the island. “The Catalina Caballeros are among our most enthusiastic members and supporters,” said Tony Budrovich, Conservancy president and CEO. “We especially appreciate the Las Caballeras for their financial support for the Island’s iconic bison population. With their help, we have been able to maintain the herd for Catalina visitors to enjoy.”