April was an outstanding month for all of us at the Vision Resource Center, and May is slated to be a busy and productive month as well! We have a brand new event that we are hosting coming up: The Out of Sight Wing Fling on May 7th (details below!) as well as multiple opportunities for education and enrichment. We’re also in preparations for an exciting trip to Washington DC in June!
But First….Some Thank Yous:
We want to thank Haymount United Methodist Church and OperationInAsMuch, for a great experience for our group at the Luke 14 Banquet.
It was a great time of fellowship, fun, and food. Thank you also to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre for offering such an excellent production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” It’s a great show and those of us from the VRC who attended thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience there. And a huge shoutout to Millstone 14 for their excellent customer service in our private showing of “The Jungle Book.” Our kids enjoyed every minute of it. We had the best service from the staff there, and the Descriptive Movie Assistive Technology allowed some of our group to experience movies again with reduced sight! Lastly, thank you to Community Concerts for 14 tickets to Jay Leno last month. We had a blast at the show–it was a great experience for all of our group that attended!
A Message from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas
“Come out and PARTY with a PURPOSE, enriching the blind with the skills they need keep them independent. The Out of Sight Wing Fling dollars will go to just that. Our participants need the skills. However, the skills cost so much money. Can you imagine waking up and your sight is gone, all you once knew is no more. Wouldn’t you want to have the skills to continue in life sightless? …..I know you all would !!!! Help us to continue making a DIFFERENCE, See you all on this Saturday, May 7th, 3:00-7:00 p.m. J.P. Riddle Stadium, Home of the SwampDogs. Tickets: $5.00 General Admission, $3.00 Seniors/Military, $2.00 Children under 13.
There are still spots for competitors so contact us ASAP to heighten the competition at this Out of Sight event.
See you there!”
Coming Up this Month:
May 7: Out of Sight Wing Fling! We are so excited to premiere this new fundraiser for VRC: a celebration of food, fellowship, and our outstanding cultural community! The event will be held at J.P. Riddle Stadium from 3 pm to 7 pm. Teams will compete for the best wings in Fayetteville, there will be awesome food, great vendors, live music, an outstanding DJ, food trucks, a Kids Zone, and best of all, the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge! Tickets are only $5.00 to enjoy this great event. More details at: www.outofsightwingfling.com
May 10: J.D. Fuller. 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.
May 12: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s goal.
Our participants enjoy the competition. Come out and volunteer with us, you will have a blast and laugh a lot with us. 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville
May 17: Arts and the Botanical. 2-5 pm. Art at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden with New York Artist, Ginny Sykes. 536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC.
May 18: Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.
May 23: Creative Movement Class. 3:30-4:30 pm Join us at Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center for a class called “Calming Creative Movement.” The more we move the better our balance, strength and energy become. Explore movement using balls, scarves, and soothing music. For ages 13 and up. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville.
May 24: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
May 26: Family Meetings from 11 am to 1 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.
Coming Up in June:
We will take an exciting trip to Washington, DC. We’ll leave on June 22 and return on June 23. It’ll be a packed and great experience with a tour of the Capitol Building, a White House Tour, 4 hours guided tour of DC on a bus, tram tour through Arlington Cemetery, Dinner and free time at the Smithsonian, all with a one night stay near DC. Cost: As low as $269.00 Deposit of $50 due Friday, May 13th. Sign up at the VRC–you will need your SS# and full legal name to sign up. *This trip is only for the adults we serve.
Please know that we have more weekly events at our center located at 1600 Purdue Dr, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304. Please call with any questions you may have at (910) 483-2719. Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org. Also, follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.
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Once again, we want to thank our sponsors for the Out of Sight Wing Fling. We could not do the good work we do without your help:
Smokin’ Hot Sponsors
Buffalo Wild Wings
Epic Studio Productions
2016 All-Star Game, Fayetteville
Kiwanis International, Cape Fear Chapter
Shay Mix, Inc.
John Wesley Jones
Wes and Lucy Jones
Spiced Right Sponsor
Better Vision Optometric Center, P.A.
Sauced Up Sponsors
Faircloth, Chestnutt & Company, LLP
Cape Fear Valley Health
Wade Hardin Plumbing
Cashwell Appliance Parts
NFB Cumberland County Chapter
Sweet Side Sponsor
Dr. Mark Kendrick
Gordon and Meg Dixon
Always Flowers by Crenshaw
John and Linda Noblin
Patty and Phil Nusbaum
Ferncreek Primary Care
Bitter Sweet Boutique
Quintex Low Vision