The event launches the conservancy's capital campaign--Imagine Catalina--wth a dramatic gobo.
"Imagine Catalina" is the conservancy’s strategic long-term vision to secure the ecological health of the Island while enhancing the ability for future generations to enjoy its beauty and tranquility.
“'Imagine Catalina' builds on the successful work of the conservancy’s past four decades and imagines how this vitally important organization can evolve and advance its expertise, experience and resources to serve not only this beautiful Island, but a greater good that goes beyond its shores,” said Hank Hilty, conservancy board member and development committee chair.
The breathtaking ballroom.
The venue and catering team: Santa Catalina Island Resort Services/Casino Ballroom and Catherine's Terrace at Descanso Beach.
The Conservancy Ball has often been a Special Events Gala Award nominee.
Lighting from The Lighter Side creates magic.
Lighting accents charming features of the ballroom, which opened in 1929.
The Casino Ballroom is home to the world's largest circular dance floor--180 feet in diameter, beneath a 50-foot-tall cantilevered ceiling.
The ballroom features an undersea look with satiny chair covers.
Wildflower Linen provided the chair covers.
Tabletops continue the undersea theme with sequin linen from La Tavola.
BBJ Linen provided all linen besides chair covers and table linen.
A closer look.
A pretty chairback.
A lovely detail.
Beautiful table numbers.
The custom centerpiece.
The text is pulled from the goals of the "Imagine Catalina" campaign vision statement via a Cricut machine under the direction of events supervisor Jen Poyer, CSEP, and her team of volunteers.
The champagne flutes carry out the "Imagine Catalina" theme.
The flutes were used for the toast to launch the "Imagine Catalina" program.
An auction like no other: The event features auction items specific to Catalina Island, including this vintage sign.
Here, Mother Nature at her best, with woodpecker holes "decorating" the sign.
Artwork showcases native species.
For sale: Catalina wine!
The big wine bottle is specially done for the event each year--it is a custom-etched, hand-painted Balthazar of wine from Rusack, Santa Catalina Island Vineyards - a vineyard on the Island at the historic Wrigley Arabian horse ranch, El Rancho Escondido. This year it set a new record in the live auction with a sale price of $20,000.
To end the night, guests danced to the music of Society Beat.
The Catalina Island Conservancy uses the iconic Casino Ballroom for its 21st Conservancy Ball, themed "Imagine Catalina."
Photos by Shana Cassidy Photography
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