Monday, September 19, 2005

2005 DAN On-Line Auction Coming in November

Divers Alert Network will hold its fourth annual auction from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. All proceeds from winning bids in the 2005 DAN On-Line Auction will support DAN programs.

"The auction has been a success for DAN and its Auction Partners and has given DAN Members and others opportunities to bid on terrific trips, equipment, artwork and much more," said Eileen Sahlin, DAN Chief Development Officer. "We're working on our third year and are looking forward to an even bigger and better auction."

Last year's auction generated more than $135,000. More than $58,000 in cash was raised to support DAN research and safety programs, including The DAN Endowment; DAN Divers Days Program; Project Dive Exploration (PDE); Diver IDentification System Program; DAN Research Internship Program; Oxygen Grant Program; and the AED Matching Grant Program. Items valued at $90,000 were donated to DAN.

DAN Auction Partners include dive business operators, artists and others; in previous years they provided wetsuits, drysuits, tanks, dive accessories, vacations, books, cameras, clothing, jewelry and airline tickets. Auction items from DAN will also include first aid equipment.

For both DAN Members and non-members, online bidding occurs on the DAN website (www.DiversAlertNetwork.org). The auction starts on Nov. 1 at noon ET and closes Dec. 1 at noon ET. This year the preview of items will begin on Oct. 15 on the DAN website. No bids will be accepted during the preview.

Each item contains donor name and contact information, a description and picture of the item, its suggested retail price, its current bid price and whether the reserve has been met. During the auction, there is a live link to the donorĀ¹s website.

Winning bidders will be notified by Dec. 3. All DAN Auction Partners will be notified by Dec. 5 of the highest bidder(s) on their item(s) so that they may contact the winners. Many items will be delivered to winning bidders through their local dive shop, with the items slated to arrive no later than Dec. 15.

For more details about the 2005 DAN On-Line Auction, visit www.DiversAlertNetwork.org/development, call DAN Development at 1-800-446-2671 ext. 444 or email development@dan.duke.edu