Celebrating 30 Years in 2012: Making It Happen Together
An open letter to our Del Mar Friends and Neighbors:
Imagine that Del Mar were a person. What kind of person would it be? Vibrant, friendly, multi-faceted, beloved, intelligent. Now imagine the people needed to nurture it: volunteers, public servants, donors and committed residents. That’s you and me. We all share one thing in common: a deep regard for the community that reflects who we are and how we wish to live.
Just like the people we love, Del Mar thrives when cared for properly. This is an investment we make reflected back at us in the healthy, unique, and welcoming town in which we live.
As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, and begin our year-end fundraising season, we share with you what the Foundation has been doing in 2012 and ask each of you to give what you can to support this community as we move forward.
We call this Making it Happen Together.
Del Mar Foundation
We’ve been busy this year connecting our community in a number of significant ways…and you’ve helped make it happen. Whether you are a donor, volunteer, or both here’s a recap of events and grants in 2012 that would not have been possible without you.
Free Flight is a sanctuary for exotic birds, a small tropical jewel in Del Mar, which promotes bonding between people and our feathered friends. A Del Mar Foundation grant enabled Free Flight to design a new junior docent program and add tables for participants and visitors. Each year, Free Flight touches over 12,000 people through on-site visits and its outreach program.
The Del Mar Jr. Lifeguards teaches young people ages 9 -17 about all aspects of lifeguarding, including environmental awareness, respect for the ocean, sportsmanship, fitness, and first aid basics. For over 12 years, the Del Mar Foundation has provided an annual grant, which has enabled close to 100 youth the opportunity to participate in this valuable program.
A crowning moment for our community was the completion in June of the Beach Safety Center and Lifeguard Headquarters. Through the Friends of the Powerhouse, the Del Mar Foundation made an initial $35,000 grant for the Center, plus a $10,000 matching grant which resulted in $20,000 in donations for the boardwalk and garden. Life at the beach has not just gotten safer, it’s gotten more convenient too! The Del Mar Foundation funded nine bike racks located at beach access points. And for man’s best friend, there’s a new dog fountain for refreshment after a long walk on the beach.
How many times have you walked past the Del Mar Post Office and admired its beautiful garden? With several DMF grants and many hours of hard work, the Del Mar Garden Club enhanced our community with water-saving plants and foliage, and this year with the addition of fencing and extended brick wall.
The Del Mar Library mosaic wall also adds beauty to our community. The wall is dire need for repair, so the Foundation is granting funds and serving as fiscal sponsor for this restoration project. If we could collect a penny for every pedestrian who stops and admires this iconic structure, we’d be funded for life!
The Del Mar Foundation’s Hospitality Committee hosted regular Meet & Greets throughout the year. Nearly 200 friends and neighbors — long-term residents as well as newcomers to Del Mar — shared a glass of wine and conversation at various restaurants in the village. If you haven’t attended one, we hope you’ll stop by in 2013!
Memories were made and smiles created at a variety of fun and educational Children Committee’s events: In February, the Clan Rince Dance Troupe inspired joyful dance and artistic expression; the Easter Egg Hunt gathered scores of families at Powerhouse park for a visit with Easter rabbit; the recent Spooktacular drew nearly 500 participants to a beach bonfire, storytelling and s’Mores; the Independence Day Parade doubled in size this year with a colorful caravan of our youngest members proudly marching — banners unfurled. Still to come is the annual Del Mar Children’s Holiday Event with “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, bringing a festive close to the Del Mar Foundation’s 30th year.
First Thursdays, an institution in Del Mar, continues to enrich the cultural life of the village along with other special performances produced by the Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee.
Speaking of hard work (and making it happen together!), we now have a new home to share with the DMCC and the greater community. In 2008, the foundation contributed $35,000 towards the purchase of the Shores property. This year, dozens of volunteers pitched in to renovate the former Del Mar Union School District building, renamed The Del Mar Community Building.
Since 2005, the Del Mar Foundation has funded over $200,000 in community grants, and brought together community volunteers and board members for more than 20,000 volunteer hours.
Thank you donors, thank you volunteers!
- Del Mar Foundation to hold a variety of unique events in June
- Del Mar: ‘Free Flight Bird Sanctuary’ presentation to be held in Solana Beach
- Solana Beach Library to host Friends Night Out event April 5
- Del Mar reception for volunteers
- Del Mar speech, language center making a difference for 25 years
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