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En Fuego fundraiser to support safety center

DEL MAR — Having already raised more than $200,000 for the new 17th Street beach safety center, Friends of the Powerhouse is continuing its fundraising efforts with the second annual Party for the Tower on Aug. 5 at En Fuego Cantina & Grill, 1342 Camino del Mar.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails — including the original Vergne-a-rita, a libation named for Pat Vergne, the city’s chief lifeguard and community services director — followed by a Mexican and seafood buffet, live auction and opportunity drawings.
Auction items include a tiki torch beach party hosted by Del Mar lifeguards, Padres tickets, lunch in the director’s dining room at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, children’s beach packages and complimentary use of the Powerhouse Community Center.
Friends of the Powerhouse formed more than 10 years ago to help the city renovate and preserve the Powerhouse building. Following the upgrade of that facility, the group raised money to help rebuild the tot lot and purchase a lifeguard rescue boat and beach-ready wheelchairs.
Plans to replace the aging 17th Street lifeguard tower began in 2002. The project is estimated to cost $2.7 million because it requires a sea wall and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The scope has been scaled back during the past six years to reduce the cost.
Friends of the Powerhouse also has an ongoing Buy a Brick campaign to help fund the new center.
Tax-deductible tickets for the En Fuego event are $45 and available by calling (858) 755-1641. For information about other fundraisers and Friends of the Powerhouse, visit http://