Sandra Hoyle DMF President
Over the past two months, the Del Mar Foundation Board has been focusing on supporting other Del Mar nonprofit organizations and businesses through grants, but please know that promoting civic pride and cohesiveness as part of our mission is critical during this stressful time. There are a few phrases we’ve been inundated with over the past two months: “unprecedented times,” “the new normal,” “crisis,” and “virtual.” While these expressions are fitting for our current state of affairs, their overuse has made them feel trite and irritating.
On the “Get Inspired” page of our website, www.delmarfoundation.org, you will notice we have been continuously updating unique programs that will inspire and inform. From the comfort of your home, you can enjoy symphony performances, visit an aquarium or an art museum, or learn a new language! Our First Thursdays concert programs have transformed to a virtual version with a program and performances to watch. On May 7th we hosted an online workshop in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day that included a presentation designed to inspire children by creating art and showing gratitude. The Foundation also hosted its first virtual DMF Talks. In partnership with the Lagoon Committee and moderated by Dr. Ellen Breen, UCSD economist Dr. Richard Carson gave a presentation on “Coastal Wetlands Reduce Property Damage During Tropical Cyclones.” We also hosted a Community Night “In” (as opposed to our Community Night “Out”) for Del Mar residents, neighbors and friends to gather together as contestants on a virtual game show playing games including The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, and Jeopardy.
For the past 38 plus years, the Del Mar Foundation has filled a crucial role as the community’s oldest nonprofit sponsoring a wide range of programs and events, grants and managing endowment funds to benefit Del Mar and the San Dieguito Lagoon. We appreciate you! It’s because of your trust and loyalty that we are in such a strong position to help our community. We are monitoring city, county, and state advisories pertaining to public gatherings. Current events on our calendar are on hold until we have further information from the City of Del Mar. While it’s our hope to move forward with in-person events, the well-being of our community is of primary importance. We will continue to offer as many “virtual” events and experiences as possible. As we consider the best ways to support our friends and neighbors, please feel free to contact us with suggestion or ideas at email@example.com.