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A Rose by Any Other Name = $$$
December 2008

The Del Mar Rose Society recently held its first ever live auction and plant sale to benefit the construction of the proposed new Del Mar Lifeguard station. Committee members Kristen Druker, Hilde Koessler and Dwyn Robbie of the Del Mar Rose Society presented Pat Vergne, Del Mar Community Services Director and Lifeguard Chief with a check in the amount of $900.00.

Commenting on the inspiration for the fundraising effort, Dwyn Robbie stated "We wanted to give back to this organization that has been so generous and kind to our Rose Society over the years. The resulting amount of $900.00 exceeded our original goals. We are thrilled with the participation of our members during our auction." Kristen Druker added, "The Del Mar Community Services staff, which includes the Lifeguards, has been very instrumental in the success of our Rose Society over the years. The Del Mar Lifeguards are a model organization, acting as an anchor for surrounding communities and beach-goers throughout the year."

According to Pat Vergne, the proposed new facility will provide even greater benefits to the 2 million plus annual visitors to the Del Mar beach. He shared, "The main Del Mar Lifeguard station is a multi-use facility. It houses beach maintenance, city parking enforcement and Lifeguard headquarters. The proposed new facility will enable more room for first aid treatment and will allow access for our visitors with disabilities." He added, "I am over-whelmed with the outreach from our Rose Society."

About the Del Mar Rose Society: The Del Mar Rose Society provides its members with continuous education on the cultivation of roses, fellowship and support in growing roses for programs and special events throughout the year. Founded in 2000, members include beginner and expert rose growers. The Society is affiliated with the American Rose Society and welcomes members in the surrounding areas of Del Mar including Solana Beach , Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley, La Jolla and Point Loma.

For more information, contact: Ellen Breen, PR, ebreen@ucsd.edu or Kathy Reed, President, Del Mar Rose Society: kathyreed@adelphia.net.



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