october 8, 2004

DEL MAR TIMES

Del Mar Foundation receives City Proclamation

By Lynn Gaylord

Last Monday night the City Council honored the Del Mar Foundation with a Proclamation of Gratitude for all their hard work in promoting civic pride and community cohesiveness. In particular, many thanks were given to all the volunteers who made the Del Mar Day Picnic on September 12 such a success. It was the 40th Anniversary of this special "take back the beach" event.

The day started early with the 2nd Annual Powerhouse Paddleboard Race where teens and adults alike brought out their boards and raced from one end of Del Mar to the other. Prizes and sweatshirts were given to all participants. A huge round of applause goes to the Powerhouse Paddle Committee led by Rande Turner, and all the Lifeguards, for pulling off this exciting event.

By noon Powerhouse Park was filled with mega bubbles, games, relay races, sand castle building, bocce, and volleyball. The Picnic and games were great fun! Three cheers to the Children's Committee chaired by Claire McGreal, and the Picnic Subcommittee for organizing the day: Jennifer McDowell, Sandi Weaver, Kit Wells, Karen Jaczko, Corinne Hackbart, Jen Grove, Francyne Conway and the many, many others who helped.

My personal favorite was the delicious BBQ and the famous lemon cakes. The baking team at Del Mar Community Connections outdid themselves this year with the cakes. They were just too good. Teddy Hopper, you just let me know when you are ready to go into the catering business. You have my vote!

To wrap up a perfect day, Tim Flannery and his buddies came down to Powerhouse Park and presented the fourth and final Twilight concert. Many exclaimed what a treat it was to have such a talented musician and his band playing for all of us locals. There was even a Padres game that afternoon that he gave up to be with us. Thanks Tim!

"Building community" takes a lot of hard work. Besides vision and good intentions, it takes hours and hours of organizing, people willing to pull it all off, and finally the financial resources to make sure it can happen. It was nice on Monday night for the City of Del Mar to say thank you to the Foundation. Almost every city I know has a recreation department or arts & culture staff (and a sizable budget) to put on such events for their citizens as the Del Mar Day Picnic, First Thursdays, or Twilight Concerts. The Foundation operates independently of and always in the best interest of the city to provide this valuable resource.

With the wonderful proclamation from the city, I am taking this opportunity to say "thank you" to all of you who help us with this mission in making Del Mar the nicest place we can. Thank You! Your continued support is invaluable. To learn more about us or ways you might want to become involved, log onto www.DelMarFoundation.org or call (858) 635-1363.