Del Mar Community Connections

Hooray for the Honorary Committee!

DMCC’s 23rd Annual Benefit Gala is on October 7, and we have to share our deep gratitude for the community members who joined this year’s Honorary Committee. Led by chairs Susan and Judd Halenza, they make a generous gift to DMCC – contributions that truly sustain DMCC. The fundraising done during the time of the annual Gala provides DMCC with the ability to offer high-quality unique activities and keep older adults engaged in the community we all love. The funding also allows us to obtain resources for public outreach and honor our hardworking volunteers.

2023 Honorary Committee members celebrate at the home of Susan & Judd Halenza. Photo by Kara Adams
DMCC founders Penny Abell, Nancy Weare, and Mary Ann Emerson celebrate along with the 2023 Honorary Committee.” Photo by Kara Adams

Volunteer of the Month – September

DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for September 2023 was Kianna Black. Kianna is by far our youngest volunteer to ever win the award; as a senior at Frances Parker, she wasn’t even born when DMCC was founded! Kianna has been independently creating brain game puzzles for DMCC participants on a monthly basis for three years. She was nominated for this award by DMCC staff because she spent her summer with us, helping around the office and succeeding at any task we threw at her.


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