Jim McDermott, Capital Campaign co-chair thanked donors for their leadership and commitment to children and adults with special needs. “Today we are celebrating a major milestone in our Phase I, Hope Moves Forward Capital Campaign. We owe our campaign launch to two foundations and their extraordinary gifts — the Ayrshire Foundation committed the very first $1 million gift to our campaign and the Wells Fargo Foundation also awarded $1 million to the campaign. They knew where Villa was headed and invested in our future.” The completion of Phase I of Villa’s new school will include seven new classrooms, two large play yards, one multipurpose room and one kitchen.
City of Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornak thanked Villa for its 56 years of service to the Pasadena community. City Council members Margaret McAustin and Gene Masuda, along with representatives from state Sen. Anthony Portantino, state Assemblyman Chris Holden and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s offices were all present to award proclamations in honor of the occasion. In addition, the formal groundbreaking took place with Villa’s Campaign Cabinet as the first to “turn the dirt.”
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