Leslie Zwail’s energies go to benefit the arts and those in need

Leslie Zwail was born and raised in Point Loma. She moved to Del Mar in 1987 has lived in the area ever since (with a brief stopover in Rancho Santa Fe). She and her husband Norm have raised two children, Sasha, 21 and Nathaniel, 19. She currently volunteers her time at several nonprofit organizations, helping them raise funds for their work in the community.

Zwail has worked as a flight attendant and in the beauty industry as a model and makeup artist. Today she works for the North Coast Repertory Theatre, where in addition to serving on various committees, she has co-chaired its gala four times.

Zwail has sat on the board of the San Diego-based Gold Diggers organization, whose mission is to raise funds for women, children and disabled veterans in need, as well as the county’s elderly. This year she is chairing the Gold Digger’s gala “Hats Off to San Diego.”

Her love of theater has been a driving force behind her involvement in the Patte’ Awards, San Diego’s annual event to celebrate local theater excellence. She is a volunteer at the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hat Contest,” an opening day fixture at the Del Mar Racetrack.

What brought you to Del Mar?

When I was a child, my family would drive up from Point Loma and picnic at Torrey Pines State beach. It has a very special place in my heart.

What makes this town special to you?

That would be its proximity to the beach, walking trails, trendy restaurants and boutiques ... but most of all its charm.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would eliminate some of the traffic, find the funding to build a new theater for the North Coast Rep, and establish a year-round leash-free dog beach.

Who or what inspires you?

Creative talent, my family and beautiful gardens inspire me.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My guest list would include Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, George Harrison, Ayn Rand, William Shakespeare, Paramhansa Yogananda, Chrissie Hynde, and, of course, my husband Norm.

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

I am reading “Falling to Heaven,” by Jeanie Peterson. It’s about a young couple who move to Tibet to follow their dreams and end up in the midst of a foreign country’s political situation.

What is your most-prized possession?

My yoga mat.

What do you do for fun?

In the daytime, I enjoy going for a long walk on the beach with my dog. In the nighttime, I have a nice dinner out with my husband and go to the theater.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

That would be raising two beautiful children.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

“Les(s) is More.”