Catalina Island

Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation Receives Official IRS Tax Exempt Status

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The Board of Directors of the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation is pleased to report that the organization has been officially approved for tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The chimes, made by the J.C. Deagan Company in Chicago, are in good order and continue to ring on a daily basis; however, the tower surrounding them has greatly deteriorated due to its advanced age. The Board is committed to restoring this beloved landmark, operating it, and keeping it maintained for future generations to enjoy!

Thanks to all who have generously contributed to support this effort.  Alison Wrigley and Geoffrey Claflin Rusack have agreed to contribute a matching gift on the first $100,000 of contributions in order to help kick off the renovation.  For those who would also like to help, tax deductible contributions may be sent to the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation at P.O. Box 677, Avalon, CA 90704. For questions and comments please e-mail