It seems fitting that on Earth Day 2022 (which obviously includes the oceans we love so much) we can proudly tell you that we’ve passed $90,000 in the Chamber Challenge. And a number of those contributions are “In memory of” donations.
Which leads us to one housekeeping correction first. The Gold-level donation a few days ago from Allison Vitsky Sallmon & Andy Sallmon should have been tagged in memory of Dr. Bill Bushing. We’ve corrected that on this update.
A huge part of our leap forward this time comes from our good friends at Galileo Capri in Orange County. They’re real estate people by trade but divers at heart and they’re also longtime supporters of our Chamber having again this year made another Platinum-level contribution. We are delighted to have them back in the fold.
We also have two new Gold-level contributions, both in memory of someone. The first is from Melody Tucker & the Tucker family in memory of Skip Tucker, an avid diver (and regular Chamber Eve attendee). And the second is from Robert Fenton in memory of Florence Fenton. We thank you both and are honored to help keep the memory of your loved ones going.
At the Silver level, there are two more “In memory of” donations. The first is from Patricia Wetzel in memory of her brother Tom Wetzel, not only a longtime diver, instructor, and Chamber supporter, but also a key member for many years of our Chamber Committee. The other donation comes from John Lumb in memory of Tom Binkley, Cee Ray relief captain, Reef Seekers Divemaster, and all-around nice guy. Both Toms are missed and remembered fondly.
We stand on the cusp of – for the second straight year – going past $100,000 in the Challenge alone. Looking over our donor list from last year, we can see that there are a lot of you we still haven’t heard from. So who’s going to push us further forward and maybe to new heights?
It is public support that keeps our Chamber financially healthy and is also what makes this event so special on so many levels. Here’s the direct link to get your name on our list and add your commitment to our Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber: https://usc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cTKwbhUykVzL95Q
CHAMBER CHALLENGE 2022 - $90,245 total (Updated 4/22/2022 @ 11AM)
New donors are in bold type and marked with an asterisk.
Diamond ($10,000 and up)
Antelope Valley Desert Divers (AVDD)
* Galileo Capri
In memory of Mark Tulin (John & Nanaz Turney)
Beach Cities Scuba
E. & J. Gallo Winery match (Yonker)
In memory of Dr. Jeff Sipsey (Anonymous)
Mike Emmerman, Pat Stockhausen, & TJ
* In loving memory of Skip Tucker (Melody Tucker & the Tucker family)
* In memory of Florence M. Fenton (Robert Fenton)
In memory of Dr. Bill Bushing (Allison Vitsky Sallmon & Andy Sallmon)
Pfizer match (Sallmon)
Dr. Susy Horowitz
Apple match (Siebler)
D.A.N. (Divers Alert Network)
In memory of Dr. Jeff Sipsey (John Delaney)
In memory of Dottie Frazier, WDHOF member & diving pioneer (Jeanne Sleeper)
In memory of Andrew Ainslie (Jeremy & Marlo Wolf Family Foundation)
* In memory of Tom Wetzel (Patricia Wetzel)
* In memory of Tom Binkley (John Lumb)
Dr. Nick & Kim Bird
IQVIA Biotech match (Bird)
Catalina Island Marine Institute/Catalina Sea Camp
Ron & Angi Burkard
Phillips 66 / 76 match (Burkard)
In memory of Lee Somers, PhD (Karl Huggins)
* Steve & Erika Ladd
* In honor of Dr. Bill Bushing (Thomas Penn)
* Paul Weers
* John Wentworth
* Jarrett Lee
In memory of Dr. Bill Bushing (Dr. Susy Horowitz)
In memory of Dirk Burcham (Dr. Susy Horowitz)
In memory of Skip Tucker (Laura Konowalski)
Barnacle Busters LGBTQ Scuba Club
In memory of Tom Wetzel (Tabby Stone & Linda Takvorian)
In memory of Matt Cahill (Anthony Bailey)
In memory of Isaac (Melissa Foo)
Jean & Jerry Kasper
In honor of Di Krall (Kirsten Jenkins)
Henry Gittler & Lisette Lieberman
Other (less than $100)
* Steve Montrie
Dan & Betty Orr
In memory of Patrick Bennett (Laura Priess)