Villa Esperanza Guild Annual Event Supports Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Joan Feser, center, with her children John Feser, left, Julianna Feser, and Michael Feser, far right.Judi and Bob MooreSong Kao, left, Angela Polanco, and Rose Ann Hall.Diane Gamble and Martha LanfearMichelle Cox, left, and her daughter Haidyn CoxLarry and Gioia PastreLindsay Wylie, left, Sean Dunbar, Jenny Seto and Julia TurnerMaye Esber, left, Connie Ching, and Deborah AllenLaura O connor, left, Patty Zuber, Kelly White, and Deanna Haeg

STAFF REPORT | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

2:06 pm | March 28, 2019


Villa Esperanza Guild held their 21st annual ‘A Day of Thoroughbred Racing’ benefiting Villa Esperanza Services on Saturday, February 23rd. This year’s event raised funds to support of Villa’s Hjelte-Phillips Speech and Language Center and Residential and Independent Living programs, two of Villa’s nine programs that assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over 150 guests enjoyed the afternoon including lunch and prize drawings.

“The Guild’s support has been critical to the success of Villa’s children and adults,” shares CEO Kelly White. “Their dedicated service continues to inspire our community.”

Chairing this year’s event for the third year in a row was Joan Feser of Pasadena. The Benefit Committee included Guild President Judi Moore of Bradbury, Connie Ching of Arcadia, Diana Gamble of Burbank, Georgene Neely of San Marino and Nancy Pierson of Sierra Madre. The Villa Esperanza Guild was formed in 1968 to increase awareness of the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Villa Esperanza Services, established in 1961, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and education of children, adults and seniors with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Villa offers nine programs including a school for children up to the age of 22 years; a Speech and Language Center and Occupational Therapy Clinic providing children, adults and seniors with comprehensive therapies; employment services; day programs for adults; and adult residences in Pasadena. To learn more about Villa’s collaborative approach, log on to www.VillaEsperanzaServices.org.