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- DEMA’s Industry-Wide Celebration To Be Hosted by Stan Waterman -

New York, NY – (July 11, 2003) – Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for what is sure to be the biggest party of the DEMA Show 2003 - the DEMA Awards Party. 

Expected to be the largest dive industry social event of its kind, the DEMA Awards Party on October 10, 2003 will not only feature the presentation of the prestigious DEMA Reaching Out Awards by Master of Ceremonies, Stan Waterman and a live auction hosted by Wyland showcasing items donated by various artists, but also a spectacular party with a South Beach theme, live music, dancing and Latin-influenced food.  So grab your fellow Show participants and come out for what is sure to be the biggest bash of the year!

Taking place from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, in the Grand Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, the DEMA Show Host Headquarters Hotel, this Awards Party will not only provide Show participants with a forum that celebrates the dive industry and DEMA, but also one in which they can market their companies to current and potential clients, as well as have a great time and dance the night away.

“Unlike the DEMA Show galas of years past, this event will be less formal and have more of a party atmosphere,” says Tom Ingram, DEMA’s Executive Director. “While the event will feature the traditional presentation of the Reaching Out Awards to honor our diving industry icons, it is also our intent to make this the biggest industry-wide celebration possible. We’ve lowered the cost to attend and added some fun, new and entertaining elements.”

Tickets for the DEMA Awards Party can be purchased for $45 online at before September 19, 2003 (tickets are $60 if purchased after this date).  Companies seeking sponsorship and promotional opportunities can contact Christine von Steiger at  Companies seeking to donate auction items should contact Nicole Russell at  Also, this being a great opportunity to entertain clients, companies wishing to purchase a table of 10 can do so at a group rate of $400 per table by contacting Colleen Vasquez at

Continuing to be the largest trade event in the world for companies doing business in the scuba diving, water sports and adventure travel industries, DEMA Show 2003 will take place October 8 – 11, 2003 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida.  According to show management, National Trade Productions (NTP), more than 800 different companies are expected to exhibit and more than 14,000 people are expected to attend.
            Open to qualified industry professionals only, DEMA Show 2003 is a trade event presented by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry. With more than 1,200 members, this non-profit, global organization promotes scuba diving through many initiatives including consumer awareness programs, media campaigns and sponsorship of the DEMA Show.  For more information on DEMA call 858-616-6408 or visit

For more information about the DEMA Show 2003 visit  A great resource for exhibitors, attendees or anyone seeking information on the Show, the site offers downloadable floor plans, exhibit space contracts, information on show management, DEMA sponsored sessions, and the housing forms.  In the near future the following information will be added to the site: exhibitor seminar and press conference schedules, and a press room for media interested in obtaining information on the Show.

Companies that would like to exhibit at the Show should contact Christine von Steiger at 1-800-687-7469 x 207 or

Media Contact: Lisa Blau/Candice Kimmel

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