September 26, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA, - With champagne flowing, Valle Verde Retirement Community celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday afternoon with performances by the Valle Verde Vocalizers and Jazz Plus. Approximately 200 people were in attendance to celebrate Hidden Valley’s retirement campus and toast the people of Valle Verde that have lived or worked on campus for more than 20 years.
“We are so grateful that a forward-looking, community-minded citizen, Mrs. Verde Rutherford, decided to turn her family’s walnut orchard into homes for seniors back in 1966. The people of Valle Verde feel very lucky to live on such a beautiful campus, and we are even more grateful to have the surrounding community of Santa Barbara stimulating and supporting us,” said Dr. Mead Northrop, Valle Verde’s Resident Council President.
“Valle Verde is such a wonderfully unique retirement campus, and we are honored to have served our residents for 50 years. I am so proud of the people of Valle Verde. They have taken an active part in giving back to the Santa Barbara community by starting our campus Meals on Wheels program 25 years ago, creating over 150 handmade toys annually for the last 18 years for the Unity Shoppe, volunteering for a wide variety of local organizations, and generally making our neighborhood great. It was a privilege celebrating with our friends and neighbors today,” shared Melissa Honig, executive director of Valle Verde Retirement Community.
During the ceremony, Valle Verde paid special recognition to the people that have been a part of the campus for more than 20 years.
“Valle Verde has been fortunate to attract talented people both as residents and team members. It is always fun to run into people that have legacies with grandparents, parents, and kids all choosing Valle Verde. Today, it was a pleasure to highlight people who have enjoyed our special campus for more than twenty years,” said Sharon Kennedy, chair of Valle Verde’s Advisory Board.
Valle Verde Residents
Harriett Burk and Eleanor Childers
Louise Carey, Charles Ego, Isabel Graham, Pauline Homerberg, June Kambach,
William Kelsey, Henry Levy, Roberty Lloyd, Ruth Priest, William Stephens,
Lepska Warren, and Eleanor Wright
Valle Verde Team Members
Lorena Angeles, Martin Arias, Juan Cordova, Jose DeAlba, Francisco Delamora,
Gloria Duarte, Yvette Duarte, Sara Escamilla, Maria Gama, Severina Getes,
Mary Kolberg, Marcos Pedrote, Baltazar Perez, Jose Rea,
Robin Ryczek-Segura, and Erin Van Valkenburgh.
Alongside funny anecdotes from the past and the full history of Valle Verde, Supervisors Salud Carbajal and Janet Wolf joined in the congratulations. Retirement housing is important for every community, and Valle Verde is a thriving example of a wonderful campus with a vibrant past and strong future.
Residents will continue their 50th campus festivities with a celebratory dinner on September 30 th.
About Valle Verde Retirement Community
Valle Verde Retirement Community has been located at 900 Calle de los Amigos in Santa Barbara, CA since 1966. Valle Verde offers opportunities for residents to thrive in a serene, lush, and friendly neighborhood setting. Valle Verde is owned and managed by American Baptist Homes of the West. Online at: ValleVerde.org
Additional information is available by contacting Toby Ayars at 805-845-5682.