Del Mar Rotarians celebrate community at Chili and Quackers Challenge

By Emily Figueiredo

Publicity chair for the Rotary Club of Del Mar

The simple act of walking down Camino Del Mar and taking in the view from Powerhouse Park is all you need to be reminded of how breathtaking Del Mar truly is. In our daily lives we can get busy and forget that we are so fortunate to live in a place of such beauty. But in addition to the landscape, Del Mar’s sense of community togetherness is second to none. The Rotarians of Del Mar celebrated this on Oct. 15 for the third annual Chili and Quackers Challenge fundraiser event.

The event was a success with fun had by all in attendance, from chili cookers and tasters to children playing and others winning prizes. The sunny day greeted families, adults and grandparents to mingle, eat, drink and remember there is a responsibility to take care of one another.

Club President Sharyn Daly said, “I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to watch the great fun that was enjoyed by all at Powerhouse Park. How wonderful to all join together to serve our great community of Del Mar!”

The Rotary Club of Del Mar would like to thank Steigerwald Dougherty, Val Meyers State Farm Insurance, The Fish Market, Wells Fargo Bank, Pinky’s Big Top Circus, Sharyn Daly Coldwell Banker, Stratford Square, Matthias C. Kurth M.D. PhD, Resource Flooring, Vickie Lavanty Salon, Affiliated Dental Specialists, the Del Mar Times and the Del Mar Lifeguards for all of their support!

The event raised money for various charitable projects that the Rotary Club of Del Mar supports. Many of these projects are right here in our own backyard to keep the North County Coastal area beautiful and community oriented. Each year, the Community Service group of the club supports Del Mar and the neighboring communities with their time, talent and treasure. This includes providing equipment for St. Leo’s Medical and Dental clinic for anyone needing care, regardless of their background or economic standing. It also includes partnering with Jimmy O’s for a BBQ during the Del Mar Art Stroll each October, sponsoring underprivileged children to attend summer camp at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, putting on a Christmas party complete with Santa and gifts for the children of the local Head Start program and helping to improve the La Colonia Branch of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Clubs.

Many local baseball and soccer clubs as well as Boys Scout troops have turned to the Del Mar Rotary Community Service Committee for support and countless trees have been planted along a planked trail in the San Dieguito River Park thanks to these Rotarians.

Each member of this club loves the community in which they live. They want to take care of it and see it thrive. Putting service above self, right here in our own neighborhood is what the Del Mar Rotary Club is all about. We meet each Thursday at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar or check out the website at