Bob Gans | President Del Mar Foundation
More than just the Twilight Concert Series occupies the Foundation during the summer months. At its July meeting, our Board approved three separate grant requests totaling approximately $12,000, all of which will have an immediate impact by supporting programs and services that otherwise would not be possible.
The Foundation awarded the Del Mar Lifeguards $3000 to purchase a new beach wheelchair, and to repair additional chairs. We first funded the purchase of beach wheelchairs several years ago in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project, and they have had a substantial impact by making our beaches more accessible to our entire community. Due to recent budget cuts implemented by the city, the lifeguards turned to the Foundation for help, and we were pleased to be able to grant their request quickly so as not to disrupt the summer season.
Del Mar Community Connections also received a grant of approximately $6000 to support its Tuesday Lunch Program. The Foundation has been proud to support this program for the last three years, which involves transporting elderly members of our community who have difficulty leaving their homes to the Del Mar Community Building for a white linen luncheon twice a month.
The third grant, in the amount of $3000, went to the Friends of the Library, to support various programs for children and teens that fall outside the County’s budget. These programs are just an example of the unique services that our local library provides, and we are glad to be in a position to help.
None of these grant awards would be possible without you – our donors and volunteers. We hope that you will join us in celebrating these great organizations, along with everything else that makes Del Mar such a great place to live and play, by attending our 2nd Annual Picnic at Powerhouse Park on Sunday, October 8, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Just like last year, we will be offering fun, games, and refreshments for all members of our community, including two live bands. Also, (just like last year), we will be providing display booths for virtually all of Del Mar’s not-for profit organizations, including: Friends of the Del Mar Library; Community Connections; the Lifeguards; Friends of the Powerhouse; the Garden Club; the Rose Society; CERT; San Diego Bike Coalition; Sustainability Advisory Board; and the Del Mar Historical Society. And, of course, our mechanical cow will make a return appearance, hoping to be milked by all. For additional details, check out our website (delmarfoundation.org), like us on Facebook (@delmarfoundation), and follow us on Twitter (@delmarfound). And enjoy the last days of summer!