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Michael Kane pushes the Challenge past $31,000


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Posted by Chamber Day Committee on May 02, 2009 at 08:02:54:

(Posted 5/2/09 - last updated 5/1/09)

I started to write this last night around 7PM . . . and then a power outage hit the Westside and we didn't get the juice back until around 4;30AM this morning. The only possible conclusion is that what I'm about to say is SOOOO electrifying, that it overloaded the entire power grid.

We've jumped past $31,000!!! And we owe it all to Michael Kane.

There's no question that Michael and I have had our ups and down over the years (and, for the record, many more "ups" than "downs') but one thing he and I have always been lock-step in agreement on is the importance of our Chamber and the need for divers to pitch in with the funding. And that's why Michael is again this year making a $5000 donation. (That's not a typo. And that means FIVE more candles lit on the birthday cake.) It also makes Michael our first Platinum donor this year.

In fact, if you know the history of this Challenge, it all started with the impetus from Michael. To say it's grown would be an understatement. And while last year was an unprecedented record-setting, the reality is that the Challenge has grown each year we've done it. And we've still got time to eclipse last year's total.

So whether you can join Michael at the Platinum level, become a $1000 Gold Donor, a $500 Silver, or a $100 bronze, we say once again . . .

Who's next? Who will take us past $32,000???

CHAMBER CHALLENGE 2009 - $31,591 total (Updated 5/2/09 @ 9AM - last updated 5/1)
(* New donors are marked in bold with an asterisk)

Platinum ($5000 and up)
* Michael Kane

Gold ($1,000-4,999)
OCDiving.com
Hollywoodivers
Ocean Institute
Beach Cities Scuba
Robert Wagner
Mike Emmerman
Pat Stockhausen
T.J. Emmerman
Scuba.com
DiveNav, Inc.
Pacific Wilderness
Sport Chalet
Laurie Kasper & Ken Kurtis

Silver ($500-999)
Eo Ong (Burbank Dive Club)
ConocoPhillips
Jim & Nancy Krasne
Scuba Schools of America
Karl Huggins
CA Diving News/The Scuba Show
Dr. Susan Grant

Bronze ($100-499)
Matt Levinson
Derek Smith
David Osorio
Joe Takahashi
Allen Dekelboum, MD
Thomas Carr
The Deep (RVM Associates)
California Wreck Divers
Gorman Dive Adventures & Travel
Mark Lacaillade
Diver.net
In memory of Robert W. Myers
Mark Windham
Chris Rybak
ConocoPhillips (Rybak matching grant)
Steve Benevides
Meg Donat
Jim Hall/Lobster Festival
Dr. Louis Weisberg
Laguna Sea Dwellers
Frank Huntley
Mark Carry
South Orange County Dive Club
Ocean Adventures
Lost Patrol Dive Club
Roy & Linda Houston
Great Escape Charters
Deborah Huh
Nicole Jurisch
In memory of Fran Ollweiler
The Sea Divers
Debbie & Derek Karimoto
Rex Uber
Renee Calderwood
Brock Dewey
Divematrix.com
Marc Hall
Team CK
Michael Swinney
Kevin Augarten
Susy Horowitz
www.indianvalleyscuba.com
Walt & Tori Watson
Randy Barker
Jim Haw
Gary Sanders
Henry Gittler
Jerry Nickelsburg

Others (less than $100)
Laurel Valker
Hedy Henderson

Ken Kurtis
Chairman, Chamber Day/Eve 2009
www.chamberday.org
310/652-4990



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