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Water Night! What It Is and Why You Will Want to Be Part of It if You Are Going to Webfest Global 

Yesterday I ran through a lot of things that will be going on during the Webfest Global conference coming up February 5-7 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California. Those were all things that are part of the official agenda. Today I can tell you about another can't miss event that is not part of the show schedule, but is sure to draw just about every major player in the industry who will be in town for the conference. 


That is Water Night 2013, a special evening event set up by domain business leaders Richard Lau and Gregg McNair, to benefit one of the industry's favorite charities -  the Water School

Water Night will run from approximately 9:30pm to 1:30am on Tuesday night, February 5 at the rooftop Sonoma Wine Garden located at 395 Santa Monica Place

There will be an open bar sponsored by NameCheap.com and entertainment guided by DJ Tessa. Wristbands that can be purchased here for a tax deductible $50 per person donation to the Water School will be required for admission and 100% of every dollar donated will go to the charity.

You do not have to be registered for Webfest Global to attend, but if you are attending the conference, you won't even have to leave the building to get to the Water Night event. Webfest's official opening night dinner and networking reception on February 5 will be held at the La Sandia and Zengo restaurants that are located on the same 3rd floor level as the Sonoma Wine Garden at Santa Monica Place. The dinner starts at 7pm and is scheduled to be over by 10, when you can walk just a few steps over to the Water Night festivities at the Wine Garden.

It will be a great opportunity to meet key industry players you may not have had a chance to meet before as well as catch up with old friends in a casual environment. Legendary domain investor Frank Schilling and his DomainNameSales.com team are among those who have already signed up. Of course, my wife Diana and I will be there as well. Since I sacrificed my hair in another Water School fundraiser last spring in Spain I feel like I'll be safe from Mr. McNair, the Mad Barber from Melbourne, Australia, this time around.

While I may be out of harm's way, my good friend Jodi Chamberlain, who produces the Domaining Spain conference, is not. Jodi has courageously volunteered to give up her lovely brunette locks if $50,000 can be raised for the Water School before the next Domaining Spain conference ends April 27, 2013 in Valencia. It is still early, but it is already looking like Jodi had better get used to the bald look because Nico Zeifang, Stefan Wiegard and Mario Witte of ParkingCrew.com threw a $10,000 donation into the pot this week to help make it happen. 

You can support Jodi and the donor's generous efforts to help the Water School by going to WaterShave.org to make a donation (every dollar counts!) and you can also track the progress of the campaign there. If it is successful we may have to start a new campaign to buy Jodi a wig!

Jodi Chamberlain

(Posted January 25, 2013)

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