Valle Verde Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Valle Verde celebrated its 50th anniversary last Friday afternoon. This event toasted the people of Valle Verde that have lived or worked on campus for more than 20 years. With approximately 250 attendees, the community celebrated with champagne and music from Valle Verde Vocalizers and Jazz Plus. Residents will continue their 50th campus festivities with a celebratory dinner on September 30.

"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.

Executive Director Melissa Honig shared, "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 out 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."

Congratulations to those who have been a part of our community for over 20 years. We are lucky to attract talented people both as residents and team members.

Valle Verde Residents
30+ years: Harriett Burk and Eleanor Childers

20+ years: 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 Employees

30+ years: Kevin Abernethy

20+ years: 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





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