Del Mar Community Connections

Welcome to a new president and new board members

Every July brings changes to the DMCC Board of Directors. DMCC’s new President is Bob Gans, an attorney who has called Del Mar home for more than 20 years. Bob is a member of the City of Del Mar Finance Committee and served in various positions on the Board of the Del Mar Foundation from 2012 to 2020, including as President from 2016 to 2018. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. He has served as DMCC’s Vice President since 2021. 


Judy Schuckit, formerly DMCC’s Treasurer, has returned to the board, and Al Sweedler joined for the first time. Bob Gans and his wife Melissa hosted a lovely cocktail party to welcome the new board members, to thank outgoing President Terry Kopanski, and to recognize outgoing board members Don Mosier (also a past president), Susan Halenza, and Mark Kalina for their outstanding service to the seniors in the community. 


2022 Annual Benefit Gala

This year’s 22nd Annual Benefit Gala will take place on Saturday, October 1. The Gala is our major fundraiser, responsible for a significant portion of the annual operating budget. This year Steve and Al Tarkington have taken charge of the fundraising, while a small committee plans A Night on the Mediterranean, a theme that will give us the opportunity to taste amazing Greek food and enjoy some unique entertainment. $1,500 Honorary Committee sponsorships are still available! Call the DMCC office if you are interested in learning more. 


Volunteers of the Month

DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for July 2022 was Michael Leiderman, the instructor of DMCC’s Move with Michael chair exercise class. Michael is a trained physical therapist who runs a business called Partner in Aging, which helps seniors who are aging independently. He uses his unique expertise to teach a fun class with the serious purpose of strengthening, balance, and fall prevention. 


DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for August 2022 was Linda Otchis, a volunteer driver and all-around helpful person. Linda uses her own vehicle to drive seniors to medical and other personal appointments. She also often helps with mailings and other administrative tasks. 


DMCC programs and services depend on our incredible volunteers! To learn more about Michael and Linda or becoming a DMCC volunteer driver or program leader, visit 


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