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Del Mar residents bet on a good time

DEL MAR — Gusty winds and sporadic downpours didn’t dampen the spirits of the 100 or so people who attended the second annual Casino Night Party for the Tower on Feb. 6. Hosted by the Friends of the Powerhouse, the event raised $39,000 for the new 17th Street safety center and lifeguard headquarters.
The $50 tickets included casino-style games such as craps, blackjack and roulette, dinner by Jake’s Del Mar, a complimentary cocktail and music by Java. A casino raffle and live auction featured vacation packages, Padres tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants such as Jimmy O’s, Bully’s, En Fuego and Zel’s.
Other prizes included one year of free parking in Del Mar, a one-night stay at L’Auberge Del Mar with a spa treatment and gift certificates to Sbicca and Del Mar Rendezvous restaurants, dinner for eight from Jake’s served by Del Mar lifeguards, a free Powerhouse rental and a Life’s a Beach package that offered certificates to lifeguard programs, a tour of the lifeguard tower and a ride in the rescue boat.
Friends of the Powerhouse, which is celebrating its 10 anniversary this year, was created to help the city renovate and preserve the Powerhouse building. Following the upgrade of that facility, the group raised money to help rebuild the tot lot and purchase a lifeguard rescue boat and beach-ready wheelchairs.
Plans to replace the aging 17th Street lifeguard tower began in 2002. The project is estimated to cost $2.7 million because it requires a sea wall and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Original plans were scaled back last year to reduce the cost.
Friends of the Powerhouse also has an ongoing Buy a Brick campaign to help fund the new center. The group has so
far raised approximately $250,000 for the project.
Visit friendsofthepower or call (858) 755-1641 for general or donation information.