Del Mar Foundation honors donors at dinner


The Del Mar Foundation honored its Founding Endowment Circle members and major donors at a dinner Feb. 11 at Pacifica Breeze restaurant. Foundation President Judd Halenza and Vice President Bob Hans thanked the guests for their financial support in launching the Foundation’s community endowment fund in 2008. The endowment has grown to more than $1 million today and provides funding stability for the foundation’s programs and grants. Halenza said the Foundation is poised to play a critical role as the city develops plans for the Civic Center and the Shores Property.

Entertainment was provided by a group of young musicians including Kyle Myers (Mt. Carmel HS) on sax, Jerome Salazar (Arizona State University graduate) on bass, and Scott Roberts (Canyon Crest Academy) on piano.

The evening was partially underwritten by board members Judd and Susan Halenza, Bob and Melissa Gans, Wes and Kelley Huggett, and Michael and Erica Halpern.

The Del Mar Foundation promotes community cohesiveness, raises and grants funds, preserves open space, improves beaches and parklands, sponsors diverse cultural programs, and manages over $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the greater Del Mar community and the San Dieguito Lagoon. Programs include the Summer Twilight Concerts, Cultural Arts concerts and First Thursdays, diverse Children’s events, Meet & Greets and DMF Talks speaker’s series. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation visit