Posted by Chamber Day 2003 on March 03, 2003 at 13:11:26:
In Reply to: Chamber Day 2003 is Now Open for Business posted by Chamber Day 2003 on March 03, 2003 at 12:58:36:
We realize that not everyone can take a Wednesday off, so thatís why we have Chamber Evening. What
makes this event unique is that we secure the ENTIRE 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 7, from 7:15-11:00PM. 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 165 volunteer divers make to the smooth running of the Aquarium, they waive their normal facility fee for this event and host this event for us at no charge. (Weíll still be paying for catering, but thatís outside of the Aquariumís control.)
And speaking of catering, we have a fabulous feast planned. There will be munchies available from when the doors open until the serving of dinner around 8:15. (All four bars will be open as well.) Dinner is a sit-down affair and the caterers at SMG always take good care of us.
In addition youíll receive tickets good for two (non-alcoholic) drinks (coffee, tea, and water available with your meal as well). Youíll also receive 5 raffle tickets, good for some special prizes weíll have on hand for the evening. Plus, there will be opportunity (and encouragement and arm-twisting) to buy more raffle tickets while youíre 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, weíll have access to the full Aquarium and itís 12,000+ critters consisting of over 550 species, representing three major regions of the Pacific. In case you didnít know, the Aquarium of the Pacific is the only Aquarium to focus solely on the Pacific Ocean. And, itís also the only Aquarium in the United States to have, all under one roof . . . a Napoleon Wrasse (in the 350,000 gallon Tropical
Reef exhibit), Black-tip sharks, sea dragons, 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). You can also wander out to Shark Lagoon to take a gander at some of the sharks you CAN touch, and some which you canít.
Doors will open no later than 7:15. Dinner will be at 8:15. Weíve got some remarks to be made and raffle prizes to be awarded and should wrap all that up shortly after 10PM. Then youíll have until about 11PM to wander around and take in all the sights (but donít take home any fish). Itís going to be a very special evening, and 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. (Those who do both the daytime and evening events will receive an extra $20 in raffle tickets as a bonus for doing both events.) Although seating is open, if youíve got 10 people, weíll be happy to reserve a table for your group. And because weíre limited in the number of people we can have attend (weíre capping this at 400), the earlier you sign up, the better.
As with Chamber Day, Chamber Evening tickets can be purchased through Reef Seekers by calling
(310)652-4990 or by going to our secure server at www.chamberday.org. Just indicate how many tickets
you want and how you want to pay. Itís as simple as that.
Mark the date -Wednesday, May 7. This is one dive event you donít want to miss.
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