About The Event

Passion for the Village is an annual dinner-auction that raises the funds necessary to support programs and services at Children's Village. This years' event was held under a tent in the Children's Village parking lot and included a silent and live auction, games, a dinner by Zesta Cucina, and a family story. Our emcee and auctioneer, Kevin Joyce, shared the stage with this years' featured family and guests of honor, the Avena family, whose 15 year old daughter has used Children's Village services for over 4 years. In this time they have all become a part of the Children's Village family. Being a place where children with special needs are children first and are defined by their unique qualities, talents, and potential; not their diagnosis; Children's Village is a true gift to our community.


Watch this touching video from the 2022 featured family, the Avena's.


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Raise your Paddle today and make the difference tomorrow for a local child like Eva, right here in the Yakima Valley.

Thank you to our Passion for the Village 2022 Committee members: 

  • Ashley Havens
  • Brooke Hamilton-Neufeld
  • Chelsey Ward
  • Erin Kline-Aleman (committee chair) 
  • Meghan Braun
  • Melia Younker
  • Priscilla Forney
  • Samantha Monterrey
  • Sue Jones
  • Susan Ward
  • Terry Kline

Passion for the Village 2019 (above) ; Featured Guest of Honor for Passion for the Village 2022 (below) 

Hosted By

The Memorial Foundation
More information about Passion for the Village 2022 coming soon! If you would like to sponsor the event or reserve a table, please contact us today at:


Children's Village, 3801 Kern Road, Yakima, WA, USA

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