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DEMA Encourages the Industry to Extend Support to the Families of the Conception Tragedy Victims

Wednesday, September 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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As we remember and honor our fellow divers recently lost in the tragedy aboard the dive boat, Conception, DEMA is encouraging all members of the diving community to show their support. If you are able, please consider donating through one of these established campaigns to help support the victims’ families:

  • CALIDIVERS SCUBA DIVING CLUB – A 501(c)(7) not-for-profit recreational club. 100% of the money collected will go to the families of the victims of the Conception fire. Donate here.

  • CALIFORNIA STRONG – Partnering with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, California Strong is ensuring the all proceeds from every donation are given to families in need in California. By partnering with the YMCA, 100% of your donation is tax deductible. In addition, California Strong will leverage their reach with YMCAs throughout the state to strengthen every community in California. Donate here.
  • CREW SUPPORT – A GoFundMe was created to provide contributions in support of crew members. They generally rely on one season to provide them through the remainder of the year. This GoFundMe account is being directly gifted to the 15 crew members that are unable to work. Donate here.

  • DIVERS ALERT NETWORK – Many members of the industry have banded together to help raise funds for the families involved.  Donations are tax deductible. Donate here.

  • FAMILY OF ALLIE KURTZ – A GoFundMe account has been set up to support the family of Allie Kurtz to help pay for her family travel expenses to Santa Barbara to provide DNA to identify Allie and any other expenses related to bringing her home. Donate here.

  • REEF CHECK – A fund has been set up in Allie Kurtz’s name with Reef Check.  Donate here.

  • SCUBABOARD – A fundraising page has been established to support the families of those lost. All funds raised will be equally divided among the families of the lost divers. Donate here.

  • LOVE FOR THOSE LOST ON CONCEPTION – Created by local residents who hope to immediately help those affected. 100% of donations will go towards the victims’ families. Donate here.

  • THE QUITASOL FAMILY – A GoFundMe account has been set up to support the Quitasol family of 5 who died in the Conception boat fire. The fundraiser has been set up to help with the funeral costs of all five relatives. Donate here.

  •  VAIDEHI WILLIAMS – A GoFundMe page has been created for the family of Vaidehi Williams to help support her two children and husband with memorial costs. Donate here.

DEMA will continue to list these organizations on DEMA’s website to assist the divers’ families. If you would like to request for an additional funding campaign to be added to the list, please email DEMA’s Communications Manager, Rachelle Reimers, at rachelle@dema.org for consideration. Please provide complete campaign details, along with a URL for additional information and where the donations can be made online.


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