Chamber Day/Eve 2004 update

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Posted by Chamber Day Committee on April 15, 2004 at 18:19:42:

Here's the latest info, as of Thursday, April 15 (Happy Tax Day - don't forget donations to the Chamber are tax-deductible) at 5PM:

Right now we're roughly half sold out for the event, with 264 of the 351 (75%) available boat spots accounted for. Here are the participating boats, the stores sponsoring the boat, and the spots available for each boat:

Aquatica (USA Scuba) - 8 sold, 19 available
Bottom Scratcher (Open boat) - 18 sold, 9 available
Cee Ray (Sport Chalet & Reef Seekers) - 24 sold, 4 available
Encore (Open boat) - SOLD OUT (36)
Great Escape (Open boat) - SOLD OUT (36)
Horizon (Sport Chalet) - 10 sold, 18 available
Island Time (Sport Chalet) - 7 sold, 13 available
Magician (Westside Aquatics) - SOLD OUT (but happy to squeeze "phantom" divers on - call John and he'll explain)
Mr. C (CA Wreck Divers & Rod Francis) - 15 sold, 9 available
Pacific Star (Scuba Schools of America) - SOLD OUT (35)
Psalty V (Scuba Schools of America) - 4 sold, 2 available
Second Stage (Scuba Schools of America) - 3 sold, 3 available
Sundiver (Ocean Adventures) - SOLD OUT (24)
Westerly (Douglas Dive Club, Golden Reef Dive Club, & Dive 'N Surf) - 14 sold, 10 available

Flying Dutchman - 16 sold, PLENTY of spots available (duh!!!)

You can book your spots either by calling the sponsoring store listed or our central number at 310/652-4990. (The Flying Dutchman can only be booked through 310/652-4990.) Be aware that in addition to the $75 for the event, we are pre-collecting $20 for food-and-air on each of the boats. You'll get in two dives during the day, a walking tour of the Chamber and its facilities, a commemorative t-shirt, raffle tickets, a shot at on-board raffle prizes, a whole lot of fun, and you'll be helping insure the financial health of our Chamber.

So far, we've sold about 100 of the 340 (29%) seats available for this evening event, to be held once again at the magnificent Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Doors will open at 7PM, you'll have over an hour to mingle and stroll through AoP's exhibits (including Shark Lagoon), and buy some evening raffle tickets. Dinner will start around 8:15, with our program (raffle winners, thank yous, etc.) starting shortly after 9PM.

Cost is $75 which gets you in the door, dinner, two non-alcoholic drinks, 5 raffle tickets, and tons of fun. Stores/organizations sponsoring tables so far include: Reef Seekers Dive Co. & Ken Kurtis/Bill Wright (3 tables), Scuba Schools of America & Rusty Berry/Dan Barrows (3 tables), LABUE, SoCal Dive Club of the Inland Empire, Burbank Dive Club (2 tables), West LA Dive Club, Lost Patrol, RA Buck & Barnacle Busters (3 tables), Sundiver & Ray Arntz, LA County & Tom Wetzel, & Sergio Herrera, Hollywoodivers & Hal Wells, Birds Love Us, Sole Searchers, D.D.D Club & Bill Holzer (2 tables), Sport Chalet & Jim Guido (3 tables), and Blue H2O Dive Club & Jim Hoffman. Plus we have 7 "open" tables, which are also still avaiulable for sponsorship. You can reserve spots by calling our central number at 310/652-4990.

Each year, we also issue a challenge to the general diving community to contribute funds directly to the Chamber in addition to what might be contributed through the daytime and evening events. As of April 15, we are at $7420. At ther same time last year, we were at $111,175 so we're WAAAAY behind where we'd like to be. And we hope you'll heed to call to keep the Chmaber financially healthy with your donation. You can get your name added to the Challenege list simply by calling us at 310/652-4990 and let us know what you'd like to give.

Last year the event raised around $75,000. Right now we're around $32,000 so we've got our work cut out for us. We simply can't do it without your help. If you'd like to join literally thousands of your fellow SoCal divers who over the years have pitched in to help insure the financial health of our Chamber, then we urge you to get involved this year, and help us make Chamber Day/Eve 2004 the most successful ever. Thanks.

The Chamber Day/Eve 2004 Committee
Ken Kurtis, Chairman

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