"Friends of Avalon Bay" (FAB) Benefit Concert Featuring Donavon Frankenreiter
Sunday, August 27, 2006 - Descanso Beach Club - Catalina Island

Inaugural “Friends of Avalon Bay” Benefit Concert raises over $10,000 for City of Avalon Bay Water Quality Projects

Framed by the crystalline ocean, waving palm trees and a cloudless blue sky, surfer/musician Donavon Frankenreiter entertained a near capacity crowd at the inaugural “Friends of Avalon Bay” concert at postcard perfect Descanso Beach on Sunday, August 27. Proceeds from the event totaled over $10,000 that the City of Avalon will be able to use towards Bay Water Quality Projects that will help guarantee that the waters remain clean for years to come for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike.

“We thought Donavon was the perfect artist to kick off our fundraising efforts because of his career as a top professional surfer and musician,” said Bettina Breckenfeld of Plan B Events who produced the event for the City of Avalon. As Donavon stated “the ocean has provided me not only some of the best moments of my life, but a career and a way of life. I'm just glad that now my music can help raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Donavon Frankenreiter performs at Descanso Beach Club - Catalina Island - August 27, 2006

L to R: Bettina Breckenfeld, Plan B Events; Donavon Frankenreiter; Bob Lundblad, Plan B Events; Lance Armstrong

Great turnout on a postcard perfect afternoon
Featuring songs from both his first self-titled album and his newest release “Move By Yourself” (Lost Highway), Donavon Frankenreiter (www.donavonf.com) brought residents and visitors of all ages to their feet. For the encore Donavon and his band were joined by opener The White Buffalo for a powerful version of The Band’s “The Weight”. At the end of the show in a near symbolic gesture, Donavon stripped off his shirt and dove into the ocean.

A surprise guest was seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who is a big fan of Donavon but had never seen him perform live and had never been to Catalina Island. Armstrong came over just for the show and sat among the crowd as everyone moved and grooved throughout the afternoon event.

“It’s so fitting that the concert was right on the beach and it was the perfect setting because it reminded everyone why they were here,” said Bob Lundblad of Plan B Events, who along with Breckenfeld produced the benefit concert. “We’re excited about where we go from here as we begin to build on our mission to raise awareness, educate and assist the City of Avalon with their efforts to improve Bay Water Quality in Avalon Bay.”

You can still support this great event and future efforts! As a 501(c)(3) event, you can send a tax deductible contribution to help fund the City of Avalon's efforts to improve water quality in Avalon Bay. To make a donation to "City of Avalon-FAB" send check to: City of Avalon, P.O. Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704.

Official 2006 "Friends of Avalon Bay" Press Release (click here)

Event Poster - John Van Hamersveld
The surfing tide and ties continued with this event as famed artist John Van Hamersveld created the exquisite event poster as a commemorative to the 40th anniversary of his renowned poster for the movie "Endless Summer". John's first major work was the 'Endless Summer' poster with it's surfer themes, and Donavon is also a world class surfer, so it was an ideal connection.

Check out Van Hamersveld's official website (www.post-future.com) for more information on the aritst or to buy posters.
Copyright 2006
Design by John Van Hamersveld

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