Join Villa Esperanza Services for our annual Blue & White gala, which will be Candyland themed this year! There's no place sweeter than Villa - our customized services, amazing staff, and continuum of care over the course of a lifetime, make Villa a special home for our children, adults, and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

As part of the evening’s festivities, we are pleased to honor Yun and Rich Byrd for their incredible commitment to Villa over the past two decades. Yun volunteered in Villa’s Speech Center weekly for thirteen years, receiving the Robert Loebecke Volunteer of the Year award in 2014. Rich currently serves on Villa’s Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Cabinet, and he was instrumental in helping secure the $1 million lead gift from Wells Fargo for the first phase of Villa’s capital campaign. They have both been dedicated champions and ambassadors of Villa for many years.

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 6:00pm
The Langham Huntington Hotel

Yun and Rich Byrd
24th Annual Guardian Angel Award Recipients

If you are attending the event, please click through for more information about your tickets. Please be advised that if you have RSVP'd with us, then you are all set! We will check you in at the event as usual. However, we are using a new online platform this year that requires all event attendees receive generated "tickets" and we want to minimize confusion as best we can. Click the link below to read more details. We appreciate your patience!

Thank You to Our Blue & White 2023 Sponsors!

  • Tracy and Dick Hirrel
    Lisa and Tim Sloan

  • LeeAnn and Ron Havner

  • Anonymous
    Chris Benter
    Yun and Rich Byrd
    Debby and Juan Casillas
    Jeannie and Peter Vaughn

  • Mary and Tom Bristow
    Rose Ann Hall
    Ricki and Joel Robinson

  • Margo and Dan Bruich
    Marilyn and Gene Buchanan
    Reiner and Michelle De Los Santos
    Judith and Stanley Farrar
    Judy Gain
    Laura and Rick Jacobs
    Noreen and Danny Johnson
    Jackie Knowles
    Cynthia Kurtz and James McDermott
    LA County Board of Supervisors - 5th District, The Honorable Kathryn Barger
    Brij and Bina Lal
    Ellen and Joseph Lee
    Susan McGuirl and Bob Musselman
    David and Maryann McKinley
    Angie and Fritz Miller
    Judy and Don Nollar
    Gioia and Larry Pastre
    Payden & Rygel
    Maryann Seduski and David Stuteville
    Kelly White
    Patty and Bob Zuber

The pandemic has shown us that community is more important than ever, and for the past 62 years, Villa Esperanza Services has been proudly serving the community by providing diverse programs for intellectually/developmentally disabled children, adults, and seniors in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Villa is a unique service provider, offering individualized programs and a continuum of care over the course of a lifetime. We change lives-from teaching a child with autism how to say "hello;" to giving an adult with Down syndrome the skills to earn a paycheck and the pride of having a job; to providing an intellectually disabled senior the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering and helping others.

The need for Villa's services are as important as ever. After weathering the pandemic years with a mix of in-person and virtual services for all of our programs, Villa is thrilled to have all programs fully open and in-person. We are delighted to have the students join us back on campus receiving educational and therapeutic services full time. Our adult day programs are thriving with participants enjoying community field trips again as well as fun activities like crafts, games, and more. Our dedicated staff continue to provide care every day for all our adults living in our seven residential homes. In addition, services for individuals in our Independent Living Skills and Employment services are still in progress.

Villa's annual Blue & White gala raises funds so we can continue this important work. All proceeds support Villa's programs for children, adults, and seniors with special needs. Together, we will ensure that Villa can continue providing love, care, and hope to our children, adults, and seniors, and their families.

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