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Posted by Chamber Day 2000 Committee on February 28, 2000 at 12:51:02:


We realize that not everyone can take a Wednesday off, so that’s why we have Chamber Evening. What makes this event unique is that we secure the ENTIRE Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific . . . just for us.

The Aquarium, along with the Chamber Day Committee, invites you for an evening of food, fish, and fun, also on Wednesday, May 3, from
7:30-11:00PM. Because the Aquarium realizes what a vital role our Chamber plays in the overall safety of the SoCal dive community, and because they realize what a valuable contribution the over 100 volunteer divers make to the smooth running of the Aquarium, they waive their normal facility fee for this event (usually it would be around $9000) and are hosting this event for us at no charge. (We’ll still be paying for catering, but that’s outside of the Aquarium’s control.)

And speaking of catering, we have a fabulous feast planned. We also remember your comments from last year so there will definitely be munchies available from when the doors open until the serving of dinner at 8:30. (All four bars will be open as well.)

Dinner is a sit-down affair (dress is casual - group tables are assigned, non-group is open seating), starting you off with a lovely bed of fresh garden greens served with a light vinaigrette dressing, followed by a sumptuous chicken Marsala served over a bed of rice and accompanied by a vegetable medley of sliced carrots and string beans. All of this will be topped off by a dessert of yummy these-calories-don’t-count cheesecake.

In addition you’ll receive tickets good for two (non-alcoholic) drinks (coffee, tea, and water available with your meal as well). You’ll also receive 5 raffle tickets, good for some special prizes we’ll have on hand for the evening. Plus, there will be opportunity (and encouragement) to buy more raffle tickets while you’re there. Total value of the evening raffle prizes will approach $10,000 and
includes regulators, BCs, computers, and even a complete reg/octo/computer/BC set from Mares.

During the entire evening, we’ll have access to the full Aquarium and it’s 12,000+ critters consisting of over 550 species, representing three major regions of the Pacific. In case you didn’t know, the Long Beach Aquarium of te Pacific is the only Aquarium to focus solely on the Pacific Ocean. And, it’s lso the only Aquarium in the United States to have, all under one roof, a Napoleon Wrasse (in the 350,000 gallon Tropical Reef exhibit), breeding cuttlefish, moon jellies, a 7-gill shark (in the Amber Forest), a pelagic ray (in Blue Caverns), sea lions, sea otters, and lots of SoCal dive volunteers (who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have).

Doors will open no later than 7:30 (last year, we actually opened around 7:15). Dinner will be at 8:30. We’ve got some remarks to be made and raffle prizes to be awarded and should wrap all that up around 10PM. Then you’ll have until about 11PM to wander around and take in all the sights (but don’t take home any fish). It’s going to be a very special evening, and one that’s appropriate for divers and non-divers alike (so you can bring along your non-diving Significant
Other and he/she can share the excitement of our sport).

Cost of the evening is $75 per person. (If you do both the daytime and evening events, the total cost will be $125, instead of $145.) Although seating is open, if you’ve got 10 people, we’ll be happy to reserve a table for your group. And because we’re limited in the number of people we can have attend (we’re capping this at 400), the earlier you sign up, the better.

As with Chamber Day, Chamber Evening tickets can be purchased through
Reef Seekers simply by calling (310)652-4990. Just let them know how many tickets you want and how you want to pay. It’s as simple as that.

Mark the date - Wednesday, May 3. This is one dive event you don’t want to miss.

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