Del Mar Foundation honors Major Donors at dinner

The Del Mar Foundation honored its Founding Endowment Circle members at a dinner on Feb. 12 at Pacifica Breeze restaurant. Foundation President Jill Weitzen MacDonald and Vice President Judd Halenza unveiled a plaque listing the donors and thanking them for their generous financial support in launching the Foundation’s community endowment fund in 2008. The endowment has grown to $1 million today and provides funding stability for the Foundation’s programs and grant making. According to Weitzen MacDonald, the Foundation waited to unveil the plaque pending “a place to call home.” Eighteen months ago, the Foundation moved into offices at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 Ninth St. The plaque will be displayed in the conference room of the building.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by the Michael Carlson Trio, a group of high school musicians who have been playing at local venues and larger jazz festivals for about three years. Max Vinetz, Scott Roberts and Michael Carlson played a mixture of modern and traditional jazz as a musical treat for the Del Mar Foundation’s guests. The evening was partially underwritten by board members Judd Halenza, Bob Gans and Jill Weitzen MacDonald.

The Del Mar Foundation promotes community cohesiveness, raises and grants funds, preserves open space, improves beaches and parklands, sponsors diverse cultural programs, and manages nearly $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

Photos/Jon Clark.