Del Mar resident to be honored at special testimonial dinner

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Foundation will host a testimonial dinner honoring Monty C. “Basil” Woolley on Wednesday, March 2, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club to celebrate the life and many accomplishments of his storied journey in life.

Joe Harper, president & CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, will be emceeing the event throughout the evening. Many members of the community plan on attending the dinner to “roast” Woolley and tell stories about his life while also honoring him as a tremendous figure in the community and for his work at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito since 1968 when he joined the Board.

“Monty is certainly a business and civic leader of whom we can be truly proud of and he richly deserves the honors and accolades that will be bestowed on him at this dinner,” said Doug Hall, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Foundation. “His leadership and personal contributions have meant so much for the youth of our community. He not only provides leadership to our Boys & Girls Clubs, but many other community groups.”

Since the mid 1950s, Woolley has lived and worked in Del Mar and has become very well known in the North Coastal part of San Diego. Woolley had a very successful life & casualty insurance business “Woolley Insurance” from 1954 to 1992. Back then, many would say, “If Monty hasn’t sold you yet, be patient, he will!” He sold the business in l988, but stayed on until he retired in 1992.

Woolley’s personal commitment and exemplary service to the youth of the community have been extraordinary over the years. He joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in 1968. He helped to physically build the Solana Beach Club with other volunteers in that same year. He helped start the Foundation Board of Directors in 1978 and currently serves as its Secretary. He has solicited thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and has personally made major contributions, which included funds for needy children attending college.

Woolley is the founding member or Charter Member of the San Dieguito Tennis Club in Cardiff (1965-1966), the Encinitas Elks Club (1950s), the San Dieguito Jr. Chamber of Commerce – Past President (1950s), and the Del Mar Rotary Club (1954) where he served as President in 1965 and still remains a very active member.

In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the Integrated Microwave of Sorrento Valley, Readouts, Inc. of Del Mar, Foundation Fresh, Inc. of Del Mar, San Diego Military Academy, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, both the Executive and Foundation Boards, and Beach City Nautilus.

Furthermore, he has served on the advisory boards of The Bank of Commerce in Del Mar, Scripps Integrated Medicine in La Jolla, and the United Fund in North County.

His community involvement also includes Sponsorships for the Solana Beach Little League (26 years), Industrial Basketball (4 years), and MAEGA which is the Mexican American Education Guidance Association (10 years).

Organizations, not mentioned above, in which he has served as either president or vice president are the Del Mar Chamber of Commerce, Integrated Agents Association of North County, SDMA (now Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach), and North County Sewerage Study Group.

Woolley was born in Chicago on May 1, 1928 to Doctor Anthony and Agnes Woolley. In his early youth, he attended public schools in Chicago as well as Todd Military Academy in Woodstock, Illinois. He later went on to attend William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia where he earned his B.S. degree in 1949. In 1950, he served in the Korean War with the rank of Infantry Sergeant and Artillery Officer.

In 1960 Woolley met Ann Dunham and they married in May 1961. They soon had five children: Jennifer, CC, Steve, Barry and Leslie.

The testimonial dinner will be held at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on March 2 at 6 p.m. The evening to include drinks, sit-down dinner, and program, is expected to draw close to 300 people. If interested in attending the event or for more information, please contact Vickie Beaty at 858-755-9012. Tickets are $125 per person and sponsorships are also available. All funds raised from this event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Foundation.

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