Cannon Catalina Challenge
The Cannon Catalina Challenge is a 20-mile crossing of the San Pedro Channel between Catalina Island and the Southern California coastline by Blair Cannon. He that raised US$10,000 per mile to benefit the Monarch School and the Great Friends Foundation. The Monarch School is the San Diego, California-based school for children impacted by homelessness, and the Great Friends Foundation Scholarship Program for children of the military in San Diego.
Cannon sped his way to become the 7th fastest Catalina Channel swimmer of all time with an 8 hour 18 minute crossing. The San Diego-based philanthropist and vice president of Bernstein Global Wealth Management is a life-long swimmer whose dream was realized on 5 August 2011.
"Blair is truly dedicated to this swim and his determination is a testament that, just like him, the children of Monarch School and the Great Friends Foundation can do anything if they work hard enough,” said his coach Anne Cleveland. "The children at Monarch and those supported by the Great Friends Foundation face so many challenges,” explained Blair. "I wanted to do this because I know these kids have felt cold or hungry or scared before, yet they are going to school and working to improve their lives. They inspire me, and this is a chance for me to do the same for them. I want them to see that any goal is possible if you work hard enough."