Sandra Hoyle, DMF President
The beginning of 2020 brings an end to a memorable decade and the opportunity to reflect on the significant, continuing contributions of the Foundation to Del Mar.
Over the past decade, the Del Mar Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a variety of worthwhile programs and projects benefitting Del Mar, including: beach-accessible wheelchairs and mobility mats to support the Wounded Warriors program and other disabled members of our community; DMCC’s bi-monthly Tuesday Lunch Connection programs; multiple purchases to benefit our lifeguards, including new scuba equipment and, (together with Friends of the Powerhouse), a new rescue boat; dog fountains throughout the community; Birdwing Open Air Classroom and Riverpath extensions; Beach Safety Center construction; various beautification projects overseen by the Del Mar. Garden Club’s public gardens; and our brand-new Town Hall!
We launched DMF Talks, our unique speaker series that taps the local talent pool and covers fascinating topics of interest such as the role of chromosomes in aging and disease and desalination and California’s water crisis; provided a variety of musical programming, including First Thursdays concerts featuring classical, jazz and other genres, Bluegrass and Beyond concerts bringing nationally-acclaimed bluegrass and acoustics artists to Del Mar; and our signature Summer Twilight Concerts, which continues to attract thousands of attendees; and fun community events for families, neighbors, and furry ones, including the Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Fourth of July Bicycle Parade, our old-fashioned game-filled Picnic at Powerhouse Park, featuring the phenomenal not-for profits in our community; the Spooktacular Beach Bonfire, which lights up the beach for families enjoying s’mores at sunset; our outdoor Cinema by the Sea summer movies; and fun dog events, such as the Halloween Dog Parade and Valentine’s get-together.
Thanks to you the impact of the Foundation has grown over the past 10 years, but our goal has remained the same — to make Del Mar a great place to live and play. On behalf of the Del Mar Foundation Board and the Foundation’s generous supporters, we look forward to continuing a diverse array of grants, programs, and staying true to the visionary course adopted by our founders.