Del Mar council honors Del Mar Foundation

From promoting civic pride to preserving open space, the Del Mar Foundation has worked to make Del Mar a wonderful place to live for decades.

Recognizing the nonprofit’s important part in the community, Mayor Sherryl Parks presented the organization with a proclamation during the Jan. 4 council meeting. As the city’s new mayor, Parks said she plans to recognize local nonprofits throughout the year.

“The staff and volunteers of the nonprofit organizations in Del Mar are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of community service — donating their time, money and effort to making a difference in the lives of others,” Parks said. “An annual observance provides a unique opportunity for the citizens of Del Mar to join together in appreciation of the many contributions made by nonprofit organizations to our continued well being.”

Founded in 1982, the Del Mar Foundation is one of the community’s oldest organizations.

Since 2005, the Del Mar Foundation has funded more than $280,000 in community grants. Over the years, the foundation has provided financial support to community organizations and projects such as the Del Mar Library, Del Mar Lifeguards and Beach Safety Center, Del Mar Garden Club, Del Mar Community Connections and the Shores acquisition.

The foundation currently manages more than $2 million in endowments and reserve funds that benefit the community and the San Dieguito Lagoon. In 2015, Parks said the foundation granted more than $40,000 toward local projects, including the Del Mar River Path extension, the Del Mar Community Connections lunch program and the acquisition of a new lifeguard rescue boat and beach accessible wheelchairs.

The foundation also organizes a variety of community events and programs, including DMF Talks, First Thursday cultural arts series, Summer Twilight Concerts, Bluegrass & Beyond concerts, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Parade and Spooktacular Beach Bonfire, among many others.

On behalf of the council, Parks acknowledged the foundation and encouraged all residents to recognize the positive impacts of nonprofit organizations in the city.

“Thank you very much for this recognition,” said Judd Halenza, board president of the Del Mar Foundation.

Thanking the many volunteers over the years, Halenza said they have worked to make the city a better place where community members know each other.

“It’s all being done to help bring us together as a community,” he said.

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