The show was
soo great! Definitely our best effort ever!
Mike (as pres of the Booster Club) welcomed and introduced
everyone and then Chris Beck from the LA Opera sang the national
anthem. The presentations were given on the bulkhead in the
middle of the pool facing the bleachers. Then the Mayor of
LB spoke, one of the city councilman spoke, I gave special
awards to our best divers for this past year, and then Greg
spoke beautifully about Sam and presented him with his Lifetime
Achievement award from US Diving. Sammy got a standing ovation
and the stands were packed! After Sam spoke, Chris Beck sang
God Bless America (from 7 meters) and then dived in and the
crowd went wild!! Then my divers marched in to the music of
Rocky! very cool! They did their peel offs from around the
pool and they were right on it!! The whole diving show was
choreographed to great music and my divers didn't skip a beat!!!
They looked so professional and I was soo proud of them!
Our guest divers were: Able Sanchez, Guy Sandin, Dwight Dumais,
Michael Hilde, Kevin McMahon, Derek Starks, Alyssa Gibson,
The comedy was outstanding and the crowd loved it! MarnieYoung
(a former McCormick Diver) organized all of the comedy divers
and helped write the sets. Had a lot of help from Mike Dreyfus,
Toby Reclusado, Mark Steele, Paul Schrier, Brian Earley, Marnie
Young, Lucy Streeter, Marnie's friend (theresa???..please
ask Marnie), Dustin Webster and his wife, and not sure who
I missed..perhaps Marnie (firstname.lastname@example.org) can tell you that.
The Olympians present to honor Sammy- Tom Gompf, Dick Smith,
Vicki/Lyle Draves, Bernie Wrightson, Li Hong Ping, Li Diliang,
Frank Gorman, Janet Ely, Craig Lincoln, Abel Sanchez, Guy
Sandin. So cool!!!
After the diving
portion, dinner guests had a social hour, viewed the outstanding
silent auction items, and found their tables for dinner. The
pool looked great with tables set up on black indoor outdoor
carpet around the pool deck, tables decorated beautifully
with balloons, colorful centerpieces. Olympic pins were donated
by Cathy Fergeson for each dinner guest.
We had a stage
set up in front of the guard office and had a huge back projection
screen set up with rotating pictures flashing during the evening.
Curt Wilson said a few words on behalf of SPA Diving, I spoke
and then we turned out the pool lights and showed a special
video that my friend helped me put together for Sammy...it
was sooo neat! Not a dry eye in the house!
Mike and I had
collected special e-mail congrats from around the world and
Mike put them into book form and presented them to Sammy as
After the video
we had a live auction with great items. Penthouse in Puerto
Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, signed Lindsay Davenport Racket/picture,
inflatable Windsurfer, etc.
We held a raffle
as we had been selling tickets for weeks for a chance to win
$1000, $500, $250 or $100 in cash!!!
The purpose of
our fundraiser is for travel expenses and equipment, upgrading
of facilites and for contributions towards the Glenn McCormick
We had a wonderful
program and tried to acknowledge everyone who participated
and donated to our clubin the program.
I wish you could
have been there. Had raving reviews and feel like we did our
best to honor Sammy.