Chamber Challenge 2008 - update #9 ($39,280)

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Posted by Chamber Day Committee on April 25, 2008 at 18:02:36:

We’re still on a good track but I fear we’re slowing down a bit. Hopefully, it’s just the calm before the storm.

I am pleased/shocked/amazed to announce that we have passed $39,000 in this year’s Challenge. Keep in mind that our highest total ever was $27,480 in 2006. Where we are now is wonderful, gratifying, and stunning. But we can’t let up as we have less than two weeks to go until Chamber Day/Eve 2008.

The big news out of all of this is coming from The Little Engine That Could, better known as Debbie Karimoto and the OCDiving.com Divers. Debbie’s taken it upon herself to organize her own mini-challenge within the Challenge for her divers and they’ve responded quite well. We told you in our 4/18 report that they have passed $4000. Well, now we’re happy to report that today, they passed $5000, which sticks them in the rarified air of Platinum Level sponsors (and they’re still going). Well done and many thanks.

We’ve also got a new Gold Level sponsor in the person of Stacy Friedowitz, whose company will match her $500 donation with another $500 ($1000) total. And Stacy’s contribution underscores the importance of seeing if your company has a matching grant program.

Let’s not lose the momentum. We are sooooooo close to $40,000. It won’t take much to put us past that line. But it does take you either picking up the phone or going to the website to make a donation.

We’re counting down the days. Can you help us hit that magic $40K mark? Who’s next??? Who will help push us past $40,000???

CHAMBER CHALLENGE 2008 - $39,280 total (Updated 4/25/08 @ 8AM - last updated 4/18)
(New donors are marked with an asterisk.)

Platinum ($5,000 and up)
* OCDiving.com Divers
The Deep (RVM & Associates)
Michael Kane

Gold ($1,000 - 4,999)
* Stacy Friedowitz
The Herndon Family
Mark Conover
Robert Wagner
DiveNav, Inc.
Mike Emmerman, Pat Stockhausen, & TJ
Pacific Wilderness
Sport Chalet
Laurie Kasper & Ken Kurtis

Silver ($500 - 999)
Scuba Haus
Deep Sea Supply
Jim Krasne
Mike &Kim Lancaster/ Taco Bell Corp.
Eo Ong/Burbank Dive Club
Scuba Schools of America
Jeanne Sleeper
Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society
Ocean Adventures
Karl Huggins

Bronze ($100 - 499)
* J. Quinn Ruddick
* Mark Stabb
* Kathryn Cody
Marc Hall
Mark Lacaillade
Derek Evanson
Mitch Jacoves
Craig Oberlin
Angi Froelich & Conoco-Phillips (matching grant)
Lost Patrol Dive Club
Kevin Augarten
Robert Evans
Jeremy Wolf
Malibu Divers
Second Stage dive boat
Gary Sanders
Great Escape dive boat
Rex Uber
Melin Isa
Frank Huntley
Fran & George Ollweiler
Michael Swinney
Claudette Dorsey
Walter Watson
Jerry Nickelsburg
Susy Horowitz
Sea Divers Dive Club
Old Broads Dive Club
Barnacle Busters Scuba Club
Chris Rybak & Conoco-Phillips (matching grant)
California Wreck Divers
Derek & Debbie Karimoto
James Haw
Kevin Lee
Gorman Dive Adventures & Travel

Others (less than $100)
* Mary Fritz

Ken Kurtis
Chairman, Chamber Day/Eve 2008

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