october 31, 2003

DEL MAR TIMES

Foundation and business partners to build community

By Lynn Gaylord

At the October meeting of the Del Mar Foundation, the Board voted to grant $1,000 to the Del Mar Village Association to help print a map entitled "A Village by the Sea - Del Mar - A Walking Map." With the creative talents and perseverance of Becky Dembitsky, this map should be all around town soon for your enjoyment and information.

"Whenever I go to another city, I am always able to get a good walking map of the area," says Becky. "It's then easy to find restrooms, parks, open spaces, restaurants, hotels, bus stops, public parking, and all those things you need to know if you are visiting."

The map is colorful, set up in a tri-fold, and expertly lays out the streets of town with an up-to-date listing of all businesses. On the flip side is a map of our city from lagoon to lagoon; ocean to canyon. I was quite impressed when Becky showed me the mockup to take to our board meeting.

The response from the board was positive. The sense from members was that if we could do our small part to help stimulate interest in shopping, eating, and visiting in Del Mar, we wanted to do it. There was a strong sense that it takes a full partnership with residents and businesses to keep our little town a vital place.

There was another reason for wanting to support the map. As many of you know from reading this column weekly, the Del Mar Foundation could not exist without the help of area businesses.

From sponsorship of our Payasada horse project to our Summer Twilight Concert series, it is a joint effort.

The Thoroughbred Club co-sponsors the Payasada horse project along with the Del Mar Plaza. The DMTC provides the stages for our popular First Thursdays events, and the Plaza and Il Fornaio allowed us to bring the first Shakespeare in the Plaza to Del Mar this year.

Restaurants like the Brigantine, Jake's, Sbicca's, Pacifica, xn Fuego, and Harvest Ranch Market all chipped in to furnish picnic dinners for patrons at the summer concerts. Raffle prizes were donated by Julian Littleford's Pilates Studio, the Torrey Pines Hilton, and many others.

Many area businesses contributed to help make the first Paddleboard Race in Del Mar a success this year from Sanuk to Rusty's to Jake's. The list goes on and on and we at the Foundation want to let all the area businesses know how much we appreciate all they do.

Remember! Shop local and help us to build a better community together.

Lynn Gaylord is president of the Del Mar Foundation and encourages you to log onto www.DelMarFoundation.org