Del Mar Foundation still going strong after 32 years

Del Mar Foundation still going strong after 32 years
Youngsters scramble to collect eggs during an annual Easter egg hunt, one of many free community events hosted by the Del Mar Foundation. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Foundation has been promoting civic pride and hosting events for the county’s smallest community for more than 32 years.

And based on the group’s 2013 annual report, the city’s oldest nonprofit organization doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

Last year the foundation saw capacity crowds at its many educational, cultural and entertainment events, including the Easter egg hunt, July Fourth parade, Earth Day celebration, summer twilight concerts, playgroups for infants and Halloween dog parade, to name a few.

The group also provided funding for the junior lifeguard program, restoration of the library mosaic wall and two beach-accessible wheelchairs for use by the Wounded Warrior Project in Del Mar.

Free Flight bird sanctuary and the Del Mar Garden Club and Community Connections also benefit from the foundation, which manages more than $1.5 million in endowment funds.

In 2013, the Del Mar Foundation raised more than $172,000 in donations. Of that, about $72,000 went to operations and nearly $6,300 was designated to the endowment fund. The remaining $93,800 was earmarked for community projects.

The organization also received close to $69,000 from program income such as ticket sales, grants and sponsorships for community programs. Expenses of about $53,000 resulted in a nearly $16,000 surplus.

More than 60 volunteers serve on the group’s nine committees that are responsible for communications, cultural arts, development, grants, special events, the youngsters of Del Mar, investment advice, nominations and the twilight concerts.

Current officers are Jill Weitzen MacDonald, president; Judd Halenza, vice president; Bob Gans, secretary; and Carol Ostroff, treasurer.

Board members are Richard Bockoff, Robin Crabtree, Karla Deerinck, Michael Halpern, Kelley Huggett, Steve Lutz, Julie Maxey-Allison, Tom McCarthy, Bill Morris, Donna Shaw and T. Pat Stubbs.

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