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Blind Children’s Center Celebrates 80 Years of Service

At the Blind Children's Center's "Tables That Bloom" event at the California Club, were from left: Richard French, Lena French, former executive director of the Center; board member Scott Schaldenbrand; Amapola Yeung, board member Ina Zec and Robert Pritchard.

Posted Friday, March 8, 2019 - 6:49 pm

On Saturday, March 2, the Blind Children’s Center celebrated its 80th Anniversary at the prestigious California Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

Founded in 1938 by Delta Gamma alumnae from Southern California as the first school in its “Service for Sight” initiative, the Center now serves 80 students and more than 350 family members each year through early intervention and a full educational curriculum.

The event exceeded expectations with just under $100,000 gross revenue raised in total contributions.

A packed crowd of 130 friends and supporters enjoyed a successful silent auction, with a new online bidding platform, at the themed event featuring a colorful array of “Tables that Bloom” courtesy of local designers, florists, and Delta Gamma alumnae chapters from Southern California.

Audience members were treated to a keynote address from Jane Simmons, current chair of the Delta Gamma Foundation which has supported the Center since its inception, and parent Jennifer Rios, who gave a moving speech about the incredible impact the services at the Center have made on her son and family.

To learn more about the Center and its services for children in Los Angeles facing blindness and severe visual impairments please visit:

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