Del Mar Education Foundation hits fundraising high

The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation is having a successful fundraising year, reaching an all-time-high year-to-date with $800,000 raised so far.

According to Ty Humes, foundation president, at this time last year the foundation had raised $505,000. Humes told the Del Mar Union School District Board that the foundation is looking forward to adding to those funds to meet last year’s numbers of $1.4 million by April, with a goal of reaching $2 million by the end of the school year.

A variety of sources can be credited for the boost in fundraising, many involving running. Humes said the Carmel Valley 5K race brought $20,000 to the district. Although the number is lower than last year, when the district was the sole beneficiary of the race, 72 percent of funds raised from the race went to the district.

Throughout January and February, four schools held record-breaking jog-a-thon fundraisers. Ashley Falls went from raising $16,000 at last year’s event to $20,000 this year; Del Mar Hills went from $14,000 to $30,000; Sycamore Ridge went from $18,000 to $26,000; and Ocean Air went from $30,000 to $60,000.

Also, the educational foundation is finding success partnering with local businesses, such as Crust Pizzeria in Torrey Hills. One of its latest partnerships is with the new Del Mar Jersey Mike’s. Through March 9, the Jersey Mike’s in Beachside Del Mar will give $2 from every sale to the foundation, representing an estimated $5,000 to $7,000 contribution.