VRC December 2016 Newsletter and Calendar


2016 Out of Sight Dining on November 11th at the Hellenic Center


First, last month absolutely rocked!

Our 2016 Out of Sight Dining was a huge success, and we raised $27,570.00! This was made possible by our outstanding sponsors and the great people of our community who bought tickets to the event.

Thanks once again to:

Gold: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel Business Equipment, The Fayetteville Observer, Ramon and Virginia Yarborough

Silver: MiCasitas, Charles and Judy Luther, NFB Cumberland County Chapter, Array Magazine and Dr. Patrick and Carrie Callahan

Bronze: Brady and Julie Rufanact, Better Vision, Up and Coming Magazine

Super Supporters: W. Lyndo Tippett, Risk Optometric, Carolyn Armstrong, Dr. Mark and Sharon Kendrick, Western Harnett Lions Club, William and Ruth Altman, A+ Consulting, Carolina Vision, Rick and Carol Foster

Special thanks to our Out of Sight Dining Committee, Patty Nusbaum, Steve Goodson, Dina Goodson, Jacqueline Smith and Cara Spencer… AWESOME job!!! Extra special thanks to the Evrytanian Association for hosting a “top notch” event.

We are looking for new sponsors and new faces to enhance the awareness of our organization so mark your calendars for the 2017 “Out of Sight” Dining, Nov. 10th 2017, Hellenic Center, 6:00 p.m.

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If you’re sitting there reading this and are flabbergasted that it’s already December and the year is almost over, then you are in the same boat as all of us at the VRC! Maybe it’s because so much good has happened this year and we’ve been so busy with activities here, but regardless, we’re excited to be at this point and to be able to share with all of you how 2016 went!

November was an exciting and busy month! We want to thank the Western Harnett Lions Club for sponsoring our Aloha Zoo field trip and the employees for taking such good care of us while we were there. We learned a lot! Our Independent Living Workshops have been creating a lot of buzz for our blind and visually impaired. Last month they were able to learn how to use Amazon Echo Dots to their advantage and have found many uses for these great tools in their everyday lives. Thank you once again to Walker-Florez Consulting Group and Chive Charities for their assistance in purchasing the Amazon Dots!

Special thanks to Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation we were awarded $10,000 for our blind and vision impaired programming. We are so thankful for the award. With this funding it will aid in the skills our visually impaired and blind so desperately need.

A Note From Our Executive Director:Terri Thomas

2016… Where did it go??? We have been sooo busy and it is all THANKS to all our supporters, funders, and friends.
This year, we were able to:


*Attend the Barn Dinner Theatre for dinner and a play
*Visit Washington, DC (our first overnight trip)
*Visit Mike’s Farm for Christmas for our adults and kids for a spectacular light show and dinner
*Attend the Cape Fear River Tour with Freddie Mims
*Provide assistance (shopping, mail read, completion of paperwork etc.) for our homebound visually impaired and blind.
*Summer Camp for our Kids (Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Ellington White Visual Arts, Camp Rockfish and Lake Jordan boat tour)
*Chef Bill taught our youth how to prepare and display a wonderful meal
*Had opportunities for Bowling, Surfing, Horseback Riding, Hubbs Corn Maze, and Adaptive Movies.
*We also started our Independent Living Skills classes: Electric Skillet (Grilled Cheese Sandwiches); Crock Pot (White Chicken Chili), and Orientation Mobility and Training on the Amazon Dot.

We could not have done it without all our funders and supporters. It means so much to provide our blind and visually impaired with these programs.

Please think about us as a year-end contribution; no gift is too small !!!

See you in 2017!


Coming up in December:

December 6: Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory Tour. 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Join us as we head to Bear Creek and tour the famous Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory. Call to sign up! (910) 483-2719


December 7: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

December 8: Dollar Store and Lunch at Panera Bread: 10 am to 2:00 pm. panera-2Panera will be donating to the National Federation of the Blind Cumberland County Chapter when we go. Let a portion of the proceeds of your lunch that day go to a good cause!

December 13: Mike’s Farm: Magic of Christmas Show: 6:00 pm. Join us on a trip down to Beulaville as we enjoy a magic and dinner show!December 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

December 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

December 15: Family Meeting and Holiday Party: Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting. This month it will also be a time to celebrate together for the holidays so we will hold it at Western Sizzlin. 7735 S Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304

December 16: Mike’s Farm: Magic of Christmas Show: 6 pm. We will head back for a night of magic and an entertaining dinner–this time with our youth!


December 19-January 1: VRC is closed for the Holiday Season.


Coming Up in 2017:

We have so much coming up to look forward to:

*More independent living skills classes, trips, and fun, so stay tuned!! Like us on FB and volunteer.
*Get ready: 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Chicken Wing Fling, Chicken Wing Cookoff will be held June 24th at the Festival Park…Can’t you say EXCITED?!? Get your cookers ready!!

VRC Spotlight: Office Manager Alix Worrell

14183831_1038821836237305_4327869836893135409_nAlix started with VRC June 6th, and is doing amazing things!! She has started a new member orientation class, as well as has instructed our Amazon Dot class and Crock Pot cooking class. Alix plays an intricate role in youth programming, and she was actually a volunteer for many years while in school. She is engaged to Cameron Strickland, and her wedding date is October 21, 2017. She loves Cameron, Starbucks coffee, Starbucks mugs, and her cat, Leo. She brings her energy and passion to help others to the Center, and we are glad to have her!

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER  (910) 483-2719.

Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org.

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