VRC May 2017 Newsletter and Calendar

“April showers bring May flowers…” And do we have a beautiful May planned for you here at VRC!

UnknownWe have some great events we will be attending this month. We can’t wait to spend time at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden for Sweet Tea and Shakespeare on May 4th. We look forward to a lovely spring evening to remember that night. And we also look forward to our United Way Days of Caring on the afternoon of May 12th there as well, where we’ll learn about Therapeutic Horticulture, and have the help of some wonderful volunteers from various business in our community. We are thrilled to get so much enrichment outside while enjoying the beautiful space!

During all of this, we are still working hard to plan and execute our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight Wing Fling”. Volunteers are NEEDED! WE know YOU would be GREAT!!!17309888_1227809990671821_654737244042341206_n

We need help to pull off this event as well as regular volunteers for our monthly outings. We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization!

All you need to do is complete the form attached to this link.
Volunteer Form


2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th Hosted by Mountainaire Farms, Array Magazine, and the VRC
Where: Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville
Time: 3-8 pm
Cost: $5.00 admission and $10.00 sampling card to be a judge for the People’s Choice winner
(sample of 10 wings)


Please help us spread the word about what this great event is about! Simply put, it’s a Chicken Wing Cook-off in a family-friendly setting. Our competitor’s “job” is to create the best wings they can bring to the judges’ table and for the community to judge. Two $500 cash prizes will be given: Best Wings per the judges and the People’s Choice Best Wings. So there are two opportunities to WIN! Those that purchase a sampling ticket will get to judge all of the competitor’s wings as they enjoy the rest of the event with vendors, live music, EyeQ Zone, Kid Zone food trucks, and best of all, you will help the visually impaired and blind community in our county.

Opportunities to Help:

*Be a Sponsor: Five levels of sponsorship are available to show support and gain exposure.
They all have perks depending on the level:
On Fire! ($2,500)
Smokin’ Hot ($1,000)
Spiced Right ($500),
Sauced Up ($250)

Sponsorships are still available!

*Be a Vendor: Merchandise, crafts, and small businesses ($100) still looking for more of you!!!
Merchandise, crafts and small businesses are available.

We have confirmed all food trucks needed for this year’s event.

*Be placed in our program booklet: Buy an Ad, $25-$75

*Be a volunteer and serve on our committee or work the day of the event
Contact our office to become a part our 2017 “Out of Sight” Wing Fling committee and for the day of the event. We would love to make you a part of our TEAM.

*More information at www.outofsightwingfling.com or call us at the VRC office at
(910) 483-2719

A Note from Our Executive Director:

Terri and Alix are ready for the 2017 Out of Sight Wing Fling! Are you?

A BIG THANK YOU to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church for allowing (15) of our adults that are blind or have visual impairment attend Camp Caraway, a spiritual retreat in Asheboro NC. Always fun to be had by all!!

MORE HUGS and THANKS to the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival for allowing non-profits to advocate for their organizations by working the information booth and selling sodas and waters spreading the word about the VRC.

The Wing Fling is quickly approaching…. We are SOOO excited… Guy Unger will be there… LeJuane Bowens, Spoken Word artist and CEO, Poetry-In-Motion, LLC, and VRC’s very own DJ “Q”; seafood, Healthy Kabobs, Hawaiian style shaved ice, burgers, smoothies…just a full array of foods to tempt your pallet. Let’s not forget for $10.00 you get to sample and judge BEST WING; there will be (10) competitors for you to try!!! All in support of the blind and visually impaired in our community. The first 1000 people in the gate will only get the chance to judge. Mountaire Farms has provided 1,000 wings to each competitor so get there early!!! We thank our judges Judge Tiffany Whitfield, Sheriff Ennis Wright, Array, and Cape Beard for judging this year’s Judge’s BEST Wing competition.

You can also get a $40.00 VIP ticket, easy access to the restroom, tables, chairs, drink tickets and some yummy snacks and treats, just a little something to make your time even more pleasurable. We will have something for everybody. BEST of all, monies raised will go to help the blind or visually impaired received to aid in independent living skills programming. It is so easy for us to put on our clothes for the day, walk across the street, clean our kitchen and make up our beds, but try it with your eyes closed…… That’s what independent living skill are about, teaching skills to make life a little easier for someone has no vision to complete those daily tasks we handle so easily!!!

Until next time,


Coming Up in May:

May 4: Cape Fear Botanical Garden 6:30 pm. Sweet Tea and Shakespeare. A celebration of Shakespeare through an outdoor show at the garden over drinks! $20 per person. 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Fay, NC 28301

May 5: Cinco De Mayo! Happy-Cinco-de-Mayo

May 6: Join us for BINGO! 4-9 pm $1.00 per card. 2886 Owen Drive, Fay. NC

May 9: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

May 11: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303


May 12: United Way Days of Caring at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. 1-3 pm. Join us for a class on Therapeutic Horticulture. Learn with us! 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Fay, NC 28301

May 14: Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom-figures out there!


May 16: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

May 17: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

May 18: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 7:30 pm. caroline-logo_squareCaroline or Change. Set in 1963, with the turmoil of the JFK assassination and the civil rights movement. In a Jewish household in Louisiana, the divorced African-American maid and the eight-year-old family son have their own worries and relationship. $10 per person. Call us at (910) 483-2719 if you’d like to join us.

May 23: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

May 25: Family Meeting. 11 am to 1. 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. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

May 29: MEMORIAL DAY. We remember those who have served and honor them this day.


May 31: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

VRC Volunteer Spotlight: Jasmine Brown

8c60d71e-6fe3-4c88-945f-c00a1f9f4b1f.pngJasmine has volunteered with us for 4 years. She is studying to become a Special Education teacher after she graduates and attending Livingstone College. We are so thankful to her for her continued help and willingness to serve others!

Coming Up:

Summer Camp for the Youth: July 17-28, so save the dates! Will run from 9:30 am to 3:30

Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: Save the dates: July 30th.-August 5th, courtesy of the Massey Hill Lion’s Club.

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our VRC website for more information.

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