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“Unbelievable” Gala
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Claire and Tom McGreal at left. Photos Julie Maxey-Allison
 
Rose Ann and Ira Sharp.
 
From left: Michael Sharpe, Mary Ann and Bud Emerson,
Sheila Sharpe, Melissa and Bob Gans.

“Del Mar is Unbelievable” was the theme of the Del Mar Community Connections Gala held on Oct 5 in Town Hall.

Co-chairs Ira and Rose Ann Sharp headed a Gala Committee of Jas Grewal, Tema Halpern, Claire and Tom McGreal, Michael Sharpe and Nina Wright, who put together an evening that was unbelievable in the sense of phenomenal.

Mary Walshok and Jeff Barnouw, Honorary Co-chairs, had to do (or were allowed to do) almost nothing, which takes some of the fun out of volunteering. Mary did give an overview of the extent and varieties of work done by DMCC volunteers, and Jeff presented a crystal statuette and a proclamation from the five County Supervisors declaring October 5 “Lynne Nerenberg Day” to the genuinely surprised Volunteer of the Year, who was recognized for “spending 165 hours, providing 275 individual rides and driving over 2200 miles.” Incredible.

Sixty-three households (couples and singles, and 2 foundations) contributed at the level of Honorary Committee, along with Visionaries Arlene Harris and Marty Cooper and Champions Rosanne and Joel Holliday, John and Nancy Weare, and Sheryl and Harvey White. The proceeds represented an increase of 25% over the previous record.

The 96 in attendance enjoyed wine from Hope and Grace Winery. Bob Gans was an incredible auctioneer, avoiding the usual “I’ve got five hundred, who’ll gimme six” machine gun style, for more heartfelt appeals. “Are you going to let this go for five hundred. I can’t believe it.” Then a truly incredible improv performance by National Comedy Theatre used lines from movies or song titles suggested by the audience to weave together successive mini dramas of amazing coherence. How did they do it?

The Gala theme came to its full significance in the unbelievable stories of Del Martians collected by Suzi Resnik, Chair Annie Duval, Lynn Gaylord, Mai-Lon Gittelsohn, Mark Kalina and Stan Marks, which were circulated at the tables. Most of the stories started from a core that was not to be believed, but true, and then fantasized further. The truth (and falsity) of the 14 stories was revealed on a sheet given to the guests as they left. A DMCC Seniors lunch the next week was entertained by a game which Suzi Resnik derived from the story collection, which now threatens to take on a life of its own. Can you believe it?

 

 

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