Meeting prepares community for ‘Whatever’ event

As a “thank you” for allowing their event to be held in Avalon, event coordinators announced Wednesday, May 20, that Anheuser-Busch would be installing artificial turf on Joe Machado Field which will cost approximately $500,000 and save precious fresh water.  
The Anheuser-Busch Up For Whatever event will be held May 29-31.
The announcement was made at the noon Up For Whatever Informational Meeting at Overlook Hall, which was well attended by approximately 75 to 100 Avalon residents.

As a “thank you” for allowing their event to be held in Avalon, event coordinators announced Wednesday, May 20, that Anheuser-Busch would be installing artificial turf on Joe Machado Field which will cost approximately $500,000 and save precious fresh water.  
The Anheuser-Busch Up For Whatever event will be held May 29-31.
The announcement was made at the noon Up For Whatever Informational Meeting at Overlook Hall, which was well attended by approximately 75 to 100 Avalon residents.
There were two meetings, one at noon and one at five.   Representatives from Mosaic, the UFW event coordinating company, and Anheuser-Busch’s public relations company presented a 4-minute video synopsis of last year’s event in Crested Butte, Montana followed by a Power-Point presentation focused on how the upcoming event would affect residents and how they could obtain access to the event.  
Permanent, full-time residents as well as property owners and mooring owners will be able to obtain wrist bands next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in City Council Chambers (more information is available at www.catalinachamber.org/ufw/) that will allow them access to the event and two complimentary Bud Lights.  
Though event planners stated they initially wanted residents to be able to participate more, according to California state restrictions, two alcoholic beverage servings is the maximum alcohol consumption allowed by Avalon residents in the District though UFW contest winners are not affected by these regulations.  
A question and answer period followed the presentation.  
Among many questions voiced by the attendees were concerns about security, resident and employee access to the “District” (the credentialed, secure area roped off to all but Up For Whatever contest winners, staff and Avalon Residents) and access to Leo’s Drugstore (Avalon’s only pharmacy) which is within the District area.  
According to City Manager Ben Harvey and event organizers, all details had not yet been “fleshed out” but further information would be forthcoming on the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce webpage designated for local information on the event.
Attendees also voiced concern about the lack of family friendly activities originally proposed.  
Rhonda Kalish of Catalina CHOICES spoke briefly about the Unity In the Community, Family Fun Day at Joe Machado Field, and Friday Movie Night sponsored by CHOICES, the Teen Center Base and Singing Waters Christian Center.  
Kalish invited all families in the City of Avalon to attend for a fun filled day to include food, games, contests, prizes, crafts, team sports, music performances and more.

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