CIMC group to shoot for stars at third Oscar Night

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The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will be returning to the red carpet on Sunday, Feb. 24, for its third annual An Evening With Oscar fundraiser.

The event will feature new attractions this year, according to Foundation President Carol Reynolds.

“We’ll be having a live auction as well as music and dancing,” she said. “Our guests will be able to attend an after party without ever leaving the party.”

The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will be returning to the red carpet on Sunday, Feb. 24, for its third annual An Evening With Oscar fundraiser.

The event will feature new attractions this year, according to Foundation President Carol Reynolds.

“We’ll be having a live auction as well as music and dancing,” she said. “Our guests will be able to attend an after party without ever leaving the party.”

“An Evening With Oscar” has become a tradition for the Medical Center Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the medical center and improving the health of the community. The evening features Oscar predictions, a silent auction and viewing of the Oscar telecast and is both a social and financial success for the organization.

“We’re hoping to build on the foundation we’ve created over the last two years,” Reynolds said. “The community has really embraced the event and we’re excited to see it continue to grow and expand.”

Funds from this year’s event will be directed toward the foundation’s efforts to replace the Medical Center’s x-ray equipment, which is currently nearly 30 years old.

Many of the features that have made “An Evening With Oscar” a success will be returning this year, including a silent auction and prizes for those who predict the most Oscar winners. Prizes and auction items include getaways, dinners, spa experiences, theme park tickets and much more.

The popular taste of Avalon style dining experience, introduced last year, will also return this year.

“I’ve been so pleased with the response from the restaurants,” Reynolds said. “So many of them were eager to return and share their dishes at “An Evening With Oscar.”

Participating restaurants will include The Lobster Trap, Steve’s Steakhouse, the Ristorante Villa Portofino, Café Metropole, Coyote Joe’s and Catalina Coffee and Cookie Company.

New this year will be live auction featuring a week at a luxurious Hawaiian home, a dinner at Castillo del Mar and a large-screen television as well as other unique experiences.

“I’m confident that everyone who attends will have a wonderful time,” Reynolds said.

The foundation president said she is grateful to the businesses and individuals who will be sponsoring the event this year, including Mercy Air, HeartScape Cardiovascular Center, Catalina Island Vacation Rentals, Catalina Island Real Estate, US Bank, Ken Putnam, Cliff Hague, Sue and Ron Hoffman and Dr. Jared Younger. “Our sponsors will allow us to raise even more funds to serve the health needs of everyone who lives here and visits here,” she said.

“An Evening With Oscar” begins at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Catalina Island Yacht Club. Tickets start at $75 per person. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call Carol Reynolds at (818) 203-7715 or email Foundation@CIMedicalCenter.org.

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