Chamber Day 2008 - $128,168 !!!!

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Chamber Day Committee on May 09, 2008 at 20:09:58:

$128,168. My oh my . . .

This year’s Chamber Day has been nothing short of amazing. Despite a lousy economy and all the other factors that should have pointed to a down yea, we’ve set new records on numerous levels. The Challenge was the biggest it’s ever been, we sold out Chamber Evening for the second year in row, we sold lots of raffle tickets, and the support from the diving community for our Chamber has been simply gratifying.

And we even put it to use for real on Chamber Day as we had one of the participants suffer from a bends hit. But everything went by the book as he reported right away what was going on, our divemasters put him on oxygen immediately, the captain radioed Baywatch, they came out to do an assessment, and he was whisked off to the Chamber about the time the last group was arriving on the island.

We’re happy to tell you that he was treated and had full resolution. But it underscores why we do this event and why we need our Chamber.

So many thanks to everyone who participated. We spend the next month or so doing an audit of our numbers (as well as allowing for some post-event contributions) but here’s how the numbers break down as of May 7 to give us our grand total:

Chamber Day boats (229 divers) - $20,610
Flying Dutchman (96 divers) - $8,640
Daytime raffle ticket sales - $3,575
Merchandise sold at Chamber - $5,885
On-line & daytime Blind Bids - $327
Chamber Evening (469 paid, 31 comp) - $42,210
Chamber Eve food costs (subtract this number) - ($25,500)
Chamber Evening raffle tix sales - $7,495
Merchandise sold at Ch-Eve - $2,625
Ch-Eve Blind Bids - $2,781
Chamber Challenge - $51,520
GRAND TOTAL (net) - $120,168

Ken Kurtis
Chairman, Chamber Day/Eve 2008

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