No Horse Racing But Plenty of Celebrating at the Villa Esperanza Guild Day at the Races

Published on Feb 26, 2023

Villa Esperanza Guild held their 25th annual Day of Thoroughbred Racing, benefiting Villa Esperanza Services, on Saturday, February 25, at the Santa Anita Racetrack. Guests joined together in the beautiful Chandelier Room to enjoy lunch, a silent auction, and raffle and prize drawings. There was no racing this year due to the incliment weather. This event supported Villa’s Hjelte-Phillips Speech and Language Center and the Residential and Independent Living Services programs, two of Villa’s nine programs that assist individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities gain greater independence.

Villa Esperanza Services CEO, Kelly White, shared, “I looked forward to this event each year. We are grateful to the Guild for all of their hard work and dedication in coordinating it and encourage everyone to come out for the day.”

This year’s event was chaired by Irene Albeck and Judie Christopoulos. The Benefit Committee included Guild President Joan Feser of Pasadena and Connie Ching of Arcadia. The Villa Esperanza Guild was formed in 1968 to increase awareness of the needs of individuals with special needs.

Villa Esperanza Services, established in 1961, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, adults, and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives. Villa offers nine programs, including the Villa Esperanza School for children up to 22 years of age, a Speech and Language Center, and Occupational Therapy Clinic providing comprehensive therapies for children, adults, and seniors, employment services, day programs for adults, independent living services, and adult residences in Pasadena. To learn more about Villa’s collaborative approach, visit

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