Villa Esperanza Services’ 30th anniversary of the Tournament of Hope sponsored by Wells Fargo took place Monday at San Gabriel Country Club. The “Viva Villa”-themed event was a huge success, raising more than $250,000 for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a sold-out course of 144 players and more than 200 guests for dinner, the day was full with great golf, cocktails, helicopter golf ball drop and a live auction.
Debbie Meymarian and Chuck Tapert served as the event’s co-chairs and Pat Wickhem was the auctioneer. During dinner, guests heard from Villa family member and tournament committee member Mary Marasco about how Villa has been there for her sister and their family. The money raised from the event supports Villa’s nine programs for children and adults with special needs.