CHAMBER CHALLENGE 2016 - UPDATE #1 - $10,025 (posted 3/4/16 - first update)

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Posted by Chamber Day 2016 on March 04, 2016 at 19:54:21:


Over 40 years ago, the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber first opened its doors for business. And since that time, our Chamber has been there 24/7/366 for any diver in need of their services.

In 1989, Chamber Day was created as a way of providing more secure funding for our Chamber. And since that time, we've come back annually to ask you to pitch in and support your Chamber. We hope you'll never need it, but if you do, you'll be glad it's there.

A key component of our fund-raising efforts, especially the past few years, has been the Chamber Challenge. We “challenge” you to give a straight donation to our Chamber, and we hope you will then turn around and challenge your friends and dive buddies to match your generosity. And I am amazed and delighted to announce that we've managed to pass $10,000 already!!!

We are led by the continued generosity of TJ, Pat Stockhausen, & Mike Emmerman, longtime supporters of the Chamber who again come through at the Platinum level with a $5,000 donation. They collectively understand and appreciate what it takes to keep our Chamber going.

We've also got a pair of Gold level $1,000 donations from two other longtime supporters, Pacific Wilderness (who also is a Chamber Eve table sponsor) and John Delaney III. And we're further spurred along with Silver level $500 donations from continued supporters Don Lake, and also Angi & Ron Burkard. The Burkard's donation is being matched by Phillips 66/76 (who Angi works for), which goes to underscore the value of matching grants if they're available from your place of work. And we have another Silver donation in memory of diving pioneer and mentor Dr. Lee Somers, which also goes to show that you can assign your Challenge donation in memory of another person.

Everything helps. So who's next? Who will help push us towards $15,000?

CHAMBER CHALLENGE 2015 - $5,750 total (Updated 3/30/2015 @ Noon - first update)
New donors are in bold type and marked with an asterisk.

Platinum ($5,000 and up)
*TJ, Pat Stockhausen & Mike Emmerman

Gold ($1,000-4,999)
* Pacific Wilderness
* John Delaney III

Silver ($500-999)
* In memory of Dr. Lee Somers
* Don Lake
* Angi & Ron Burkard
* Phillips 66/76 (matching Burkard)

Bronze ($100-499)
* Jim Peasron - Oceanic Explorations
* Raymond Keil
* Dana Rodda
* Patrick Smith & Cindy Shaw
* Ron Coverston
* In memory of Laurel Silver-Valker & Peter Duffin
* Michael Faust
* Laurie Kasper

Other (less than $100)
* Debbie Karimoto
* Robert Peyton
* Silicon Valley Community Foundation
* Dan & Betty Orr

Ken Kurtis
Chairman, Chamber Day/Eve 2015
& the entire Chamber Day 2015 Committee

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