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April Development Update

VFES Hosts Eleventh Annual Community Day:

Thank you to all who joined our Community Day event on April 27. Roughly 500 guests attended the free, sensory-friendly event on the VFES campus. Highlights of the day included magic shows, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, face painting, s’mores, giant board games, Bingo, a plant sale with plants and herbs grown by our very own students, and our highly-anticipated basket raffle.

Through sponsorships and ticket sales, over $30,000 was raised, ensuring vibrant future Community Days!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Gold Star Sponsors:

TE Connectivity, The Resources Group, AJG

Silver Star Sponsors:

ABA Centers of Pennsylvania, Audi Devon, CCRES, CSRI Computers, Forge Hill Farm, Heckendorn Shiles Architects, Partlow Insurance Agency, PECO, Ramsay's Automotive, The Law Office of Randy Hope Steen, Ltd., Team Toyota Glen Mills Mobility, USLI, and Valley Forge Security Center.

Rising Star Sponsors:

Chester County Pediatric Psychology, Goshen Mechanical, H&R Telephones, IBX, The Malvern School, Metro Color, PRJ Consulting, Target Building Construction, Wilkie Lexus, and WSFS.


Congratulations to all basket raffle winners:

Take a Seat

Yacoe Family

50/50 Raffle

Deb Hally

Casino Resort Getaway


Baseball Fever

Ursula Meszaros

Smiling Bright

Ben Bracegirdle

Joseph Anthony Signature Facial

McCloskey Family

For the Foodie in Your Life

Grace Riley

Isn’t it Amusing!

Donna Metricarti

Date Night

Krista Haring

A Picnic at the Beach!

McQuiston Family

VFES Board of Directors Gift Card Bonanza

Tai Cummings

VFES Board of Directors Gift Card Bonanza


Pamper with a Purpose

London Mendez

Phillies VIP Experience #1

Will Harmon

Phillies VIP Experience #2

Brittany Finn

Handmade 3-Tiered Wood Plant Stand

Lisa Wood

Great Adventures

Vicki Fringer

Switch It Up:

Colin Brecker

The Finer Things in Life

Dabney Blackwell

Family Fun Pack

Dylan Leonhardt

Life’s Patina

Amanda Young

Date at the Museum

Jody Hillsinger

Do You Feel Lucky?

Barb Huskins

  Eagles Signed Football and Mini Helmet

Evan Pattishall


family petting animalchild playing on slidechildren playingchildren playing with sand

Thank You to The Charter Foundation

VFES extends a heartfelt thank you to The Charter Foundation, long-term partners and funders whose six grants since 2014 have supported VFES and its programs. We were recently awarded a $10,000 grant benefiting Customized Workforce Solutions (CWS). We are so proud to share that contributions to CWS such as this one have helped expand our footprint, having 73 participants enrolled in the program and consultations held with an additional 52.

CWS focuses on person-centered support and training to help jobseekers attain their employment goals and maintains mutually beneficial employment relationships between employers and employers. We are heartened that The Charter Foundation values this work and champions our vision so highly, and has long been an outstanding partner in the community.


Annual Appeal

Join alongside other VFES families, friends, staff, and supporters by making a contribution to the Annual Appeal today!

All gifts made to the Annual Appeal address the most pressing day-to-day needs at VFES. Your gifts positively impact the students enrolled in The Vanguard School, participants who enjoy respite retreats and social gatherings, and adults finding meaningful, competitive employment with the help of CWS.

A gift to VFES is a gift that will help open doors, create possibilities, and power the potential of our community.

Gifts can be made online here

Or by check to 1777 N. Valley Road, Malvern PA 19355 attn: Development. Write to for further giving options.

Did you know:

  1. You can become a monthly donor online? Monthly donations help routinely show support for VFES while helping VFES increase its sustainability. A win-win!
  2. Your company may offer a matching incentive that can help your donation go further. Select “Get my company to match my donation” on our giving site to see if your employer can help amplify your generosity.
  3. All gifts of $1,000 or above welcome you into the Legacy Circle tier of donors, with annual recognition in our Annual Report and a thank you gift for your contribution.

Thank you for your consideration of a gift to the VFES Annual Appeal!