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Fundraiser supports hyperbaric chamber on Catalina Island STAFF REPORT Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 4, 2016, as that’s the date for Chamber Day where SoCal’s finest dive boats donate their services for the day to benefit our Chamber. The full roster of participating boats (in alphabeti- cal order) are: Asante, Cee Ray, Giant Stride, Pacific Star, Perfect Mistress, Sundiver, Sundiver Express, and Westerly. (And for those—who can’t take the day off or don’t dive, there’s always the Flying Dutchman.) Here’s the way it works: Sign- Up for the boat you want to go on. We’ll hold a reservation for you for 72 hours, but after that ’ spots are guaranteed only when your donation is received. Note that we only have 150 spots avail- able this year so don’t get left behind. Your donation of $110 (plus $30 for boat food and air); is for a good cause: your Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Try to book early, because once a boat fills, it’s unavailable. Boats will leave their respec- tive docks 'at 7 a.m. and head for Catalina. (Some boats may allow you to board the night before and sleep on board.) You’ll make two dives at Catalina, get a commemo- rative Chamber Day 2016 T—shirt, and receive five daytime raffle tickets. To increase your chance of'vwinninge raffle prizes: purchase‘extra raffle tickets when Remember endangered species at tax time, STAFF REPORT Saving endangered species' from extinction takes a lot of work, but you don’t have to do much to help. Simply making a voluntary contribution on your state income tax return helps the California Department of Fish and Wildlife do the heavy lifting. Just enter you make your reservation, on the boat, or at the Chamber. At some point during the day, your boat will dock in Big Fisherman’s Cove and everyone will disembark for .a 75—minute tour of our Chamber facilities, including a chance for you to hear from first responders from L.A. County Lifeguards, rescue heli- copter crews from the Coast Guard and/or Sheriff’s Department, and the Chamber crew will walk you around the Chamber itself. You’ll even go inside and be pressur- ized to a depth of 1 foot. (Hard to believe, but you’ll have .to clear your ears.) Most of the boats will arrive back at their docks between 5 and 5:30 pm. Organizers try to contact all the boats to tell them who their raffle winners are. All the raffle prizes will be available in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific inLong Beach from 4:30- 7'Vat the driVe—up' raffle prize pick-up table. a whole dollar amount on line 403 for the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program, and on line 410 f0r the California Sea Otter Fund. “Thanks to our wise and. generous donors, CDFW has accomplished many conservation actions,” CDFW Environmental Program Manager Karen Miner Please remember that Chamber Day is a fund-raising event and not a normal dive day charter. Due to the logistical issues involved, if weather conditions preclude the dive boats from safely going out on Chamber Day there will not be a make-up day. If weather forces organizers to cancel, you will receive your Chamber Day shirt, be transferred to the Flying Dutchman, and will be given an additional ten— daytime raffle tick- ets. The bottom line in all of this is that your continued support of the hyperbaric chamber, in whatever form that takes, is essential for the Chamber to remain available and on-watch 24/7/366. And that means we need you to sign up for Chamber Day 2016' by calling a sponsoring shop or club, by call- ing our main number at 310-652— 4990, or by going to the secure server at www.chamberday.org. Come alone or bring a buddy, but don’t miss this specialevent. said. “Yet, much remains to be done for a number of threatened and endangered species in California. Additional funding is needed for us to keep making progress. I hope more Californians will donate and our donors will consider increas- ing their contribution this year, and spread the word to family, friends and neighbors.” Want to make history and he on the cover of The Catalina Islander? Send your high-resolution (300dpi) vertical image to: advertising@thecatalinaiSIander.com RYRN .‘NUL, Mfififii‘la’t .. f’ , S? BAEZ‘CMilN H ,. . Slifiiif‘i DEE-€110 Df 1m Mam UDMBPSGA Rated PG—R Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Admission: Adult $l5.00, Senior or Child Si 300 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission Sponsored by: Friday, March 4_ WWW/M/W/IIM/MIWMMM . For More information Coll 3i0-510~0i79 2016 ; 13