|CHAMBER DAY & EVE 2023 - OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!|
Posted by Chamber day 2023 on March 01, 2023 at 11:40:33:|
In all candor, we may not be fully up and running on March 1. But you can always call us at Chamber Day HQ (also Reef Seekers - Ken will answer the phone) and we'll get you squared away. That being said . . .
CHAMBER DAY 2023 – IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL OPTIONS
Let’s start with this: Chamber Day 2023 is Wednesday, May 3.
And then there’s this: Can we top the 2022 record-setting total of $181,420??? (We certainly can’t if you don’t pitch in to help.)
As COVID hopefully has settled down to manageable levels, we are pleased to announce that we’re again live and in-person this year, both for Chamber Day on the dive boats and for Chamber Evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. But, because we realize some of you are still not comfortable attending these types events in-person, we’ve got virtual options as well.
It’s important to remind that you even through the height of the pandemic, your Chamber remained open and operational. So while other businesses may have been able to cut expenses during this pandemic, that’s NOT the case with your Chamber. Our expenses generally stayed the same as they would have in a normal year, so YOUR support is still vital.
It’s also important to remind you that every dollar raised from this event goes directly towards funding our Chamber for the coming year. Our Chamber relies on our diving community for roughly 50% of the annual operating funds. Chamber Day is not only a vital fund-raiser for our Chamber, but is also the largest single-day scuba charity event in the U.S. and we’re hoping you’ll help us make this one another resounding success.
Here’s what we have planned for 2023:
We’ve got seven boats ready to plop you into underwater SoCal on May 3. In alphabetical order they are: Cee Ray, Explorer, Giant Stride, Pacific Moon, Pacific Star, Sundiver, and Sundiver Express. We plan to run most of the boats again with somewhat limited loads (roughly 80% of normal diving capacity – and who doesn’t like a less-crowded boat?) as a mitigation measure. But this also means we don’t have as many spots available as we normally do. The number this year will be around 120 boat diver spots.
All of our May 3 boats will do two dives as well as a walking tour of our Chamber. Some boats will do the tour first and then dive. Others will do their dives and then come in for the tour. All participating divers will receive a Chamber Day 2023 t-shirt, ten daytime raffle tickets, food and an airfill on the boat, and a walking tour of our Chamber facilities, which will include a chance to talk with various rescue and first-responders. The cost this year is again $150 total, which breaks down as $115 going to the event and $35 going back to the boats to cover their food and airfill costs. (This is the same as last year.) Generally boats will leave their respective docks at 7AM and return no later than 5:30PM.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN – FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T TAKE THE DAY OFF
CHAMBER EVENING – IN-PERSON AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
As with last year, the cost of a seat which will be $150 (the same as the total price for the Daytime portion). For those in attendance, you’ll have a chance to wander around and explore the Aquarium from 7-8PM. We’re working on another fabulous feast that will start a little after 8PM. You’ll also get five evening raffle tickets and you’ll have an opportunity to buy more at the Aquarium. We’ll have interesting and different Blind Bid items available as well. Our program of raffle prizes and recognitions starts a little after 9PM, and we’ll send you home around 10:15PM.
Speaking of prizes, would anyone like to win a week of diving with the fine folks at Manta Ray Bay in Yap in Micronesia??? Because that’s what our Grand Prize is this year and ONLY people who attend Chamber Evening (or sign up for the virtual version) will have their names in the hopper with a chance to score this wonderful dive experience. Note that you must be present to win (except for virtual attendees).
CHAMBER EVENING V.G.D. (VERY GENEROUS DIVER)
But if you’d rather stay home . . .
VIRTUAL CHAMBER EVENING – TAKE THE WORRY OUT OF BEING CLOSE
Cost for the virtual version of the event is the same as the Flying Dutchman - $95. Virtual attendees will get ten raffle tickets (since you can’t buy more) and will also be entered in the drawing for the Yap grand prize. Plus, you’ll get a Chamber Evening t-shirt mailed to you (after the event) as part of your package. And because we want you to feel connected to what’s happening at the Aquarium, you’ll receive a private link to our live-stream of the event. So you can observe and enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Once again in 2023, we have both in-person and virtual options for both the Day and Eve events. All the monies raised go to benefit our Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, which in turn benefits our diving community. For more information about all of this, visit our website at www.chamberday.org. You can sign up there using our secure server, or you can call Chamber Day HQ at (310)652-4990.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 3 and Chamber Day & Eve 2023.
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