Can you believe it’s November already? Fall has officially made its entry in North Carolina, and it finally feels like it! November may have most people focusing on Turkey Day and the rest of the holidays, but not us….not yet! Our main focus is our signature fundraising event of the year: our 6th Annual Out of Sight “Blindfolded” Dining Event happening, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Hellenic Center (614 Oakridge Rd, Fayetteville). Join us for Fine “Blindfolded” dining and experience being without sight while dining, if you dare!
This year we will have LIVE music by That Nation Band and by VRC family member Bruce Bettis. Our Master of Ceremonies is none other than Goldy–Morning Show Host of WFNC 640 talk radio. We’ll have delicious food, an outstanding live auction, and silent auction. The night is always one to remember, and the best part about it is that it raises money exclusively for the VRC and our programs. If you’re interested in upgrading your ticket, make sure to get the VIP package so you that get all of the amenities of the special VIP section where you will receive delicious appetizers and free drinks from 5-6p.m.. Get your tickets NOW at this link. $75 per person or $125 per couple.
A HUGE Thank you to our Out of Sight Dining Experience Sponsors:
Cape Fear Eye Associates
Virginia and Tom Colantuono
Up & Coming
Charles and Judy Luther
Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design
Western Harnett Lions Club
Brady and Julie Rufenacht
Silent Auction Donors: Pressed, DPAC, Triangle Rock Club, Patriot Theater, Prim & Proper, Cypress Vineyards, Carolina Opry Theatre, Dr. Garcia, Teelc-Travel
A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas
This month is all about Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining. The Vision Resource Center thanks all of our new and returning sponsors. Our sponsors are so important to the progress of our mission providing services to the blind and visually impaired. This year we experienced a few setbacks; our Out of Sight Wing Fling was rained out, and one of our VRC buses had significant air conditioning problems which cost the Center $10,000.00. The buses are utilized to carry our participants over 22,000 miles last year. We keep our participants active and stress independence and advocacy. We need the community more than ever this year to help us to rebuild from the significant hits of the year. We want to be able to help independently and finally get them assistance in their homes to provide skills to maneuver in their homes more independently with one-on-one instruction. Can you imagine losing sight and have to be pulled around everywhere or have to wait for someone to do absolutely everything…? They don’t want their lives to become that either. Please help us to keep the progress going and make a difference in the lives of those that have a vision impairment.
Our participants would love to receive assistive technologies such as equipment to help them identify their clothing, read barcodes in the stores to help them purchase groceries and home products, and acquire bump dots to allow them to mark things in their homes so they can cook and wash clothes.
We traveled to LC Industries in October; LC Industries is a company that employes the blind, and their equipment is so cool. Having a vision impairment is a very costly disability. Most assistive equipment to aid in the loss of vision starts at $500.00 and can go up to $4,000.00. The staff from the President on down were accommodating and treated us like VIPs. Many of our participants still want to be active and work; we are hoping that our visit will create a great partnership. LC Industries has already ordered 130 of our “Love is Blind” t-shirts. It was AMAZING to see so many visually impaired people working and a company that supports them.
The Vision Resource Center helps our participants to have the most social and independent lives possible. Help us continue our mission. Purchase your 2017 “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Tickets TODAY!!!!!
Party with a Purpose,
Coming Up in November:
Nov. 2: 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
Nov. 7: 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
Nov. 9: Cape Fear Botanical Garden Herbs and Tai Chi performance. Begins at dark…536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301 and “Wait Til Dark,” Cape Fear Regional Theater.
Nov. 14: Join us for an outing at the Fruitcake Factory! Call (910) 483-2719 for more information. 1699 Hoyt Scott Rd, Bear Creek, NC 27207
Nov. 15: THANKSGIVING Family Meeting. 11-1. You don’t want to miss this informative time together of learning and fellowship! 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC
Nov. 18: Out of Sight Dining Event. Make sure you have tickets to our signature fundraiser! Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Rd, Fayetteville. $75.00pp $125.00/couple
Nov. 23: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Nov. 24: Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 28: Tokay 9:30-11:30 am.
Nov. 30: Tokay 9:30-11:30a.m.
Kids Christmas Cookie Decorating and Taco Lunch Dec 9th 1-4 at the VRC
Adult Christmas Party Dec 16th: 5-9 pm at the VRC….
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