Season’s Greetings from all of us at the VRC! We hope the holidays are warm and joyous for all of you. We’ve kicked them off here, and we’re enjoying every beautiful moment!
A massive VRC thank you to everyone who made our 6th Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining Event a success! It was an enjoyable evening full of music, fun, food, drinks, and silent auction items. Thank you to That Nation Band for the outstanding entertainment–we danced and sang the night away. Also, the education on blind issues and our experiential learning. Thank you to everyone who attempted to eat with a blindfold on! Even if you didn’t finish your entire meal, you received insight into what our blind and visually impaired are living with every moment of every day. That level of awareness is priceless to us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you also to our sponsors! We could not come close to the success we have with this event without all of you.
Gold: 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
W Lyndo Tippett, CPA
Patty & Phil Nusbaum
Elaine Baillie-MIRA Foundation
Shaw Food Services
Silent Auction Donors:
Triangle Rock Club
Prim & Proper
Carolina Opry Theatre
J.Co. Salon & Blo’Dry Bar
VRC Member Spotlight: Luis Lugo
Congratulations to Luis Lugo who ran his first official 10K race since becoming blind! What a fantastic accomplishment, and we are so proud of him. Luis completed the Green Beret Jingle Jog on December 2nd, running with his sighted guide and VRC volunteer Scott Blough. He was also ssisted by Tyler Griffin who helped call out turns, bumps, potholes, slow-downs and helped give him running room. The Green Beret Jingle Jog is Luis’s first distance run outside since being medically retired from the military for vision issues. Way to go, Luis! We can’t wait to see what you do next! We thank Elizabeth Hudspeth for their Grant that supports healthy living programming for our blind and visually impaired for helping to make this happen.
A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:
Happy Holidays to each of you. Let’s fill the season with love, laughs and many memories with our friends and families. We have been spreading Holiday joy here at the VRC. On Saturday, Dec. 2nd we attended A Carolina Holiday, thanks to a local Trust in Fayetteville as a Christmas gift to our participants. Our participants were treated like royalty from the VIP parking to the assistance given at Methodist College. We appreciate the way Christine Kastner, CEO Fayetteville Symphony took care of us. Many have never attended the symphony, so it was a WONDERFUL Christmas gift, the gift of music. We have two (2) more Christmas parties (1) for our kids on Dec. 9th (Cookies and Tacos) and a social for our adults on Dec. 16th. PWC adopted us this year so we will have LOTS of treats for our people. Shhhhh they don’t know !! We are THRILLED. Thanks to Mrs. Letitia Cisco-Smith for leading this effort.
We had an AWESOME Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of Caught in the Cookie Jar, Shannon Council, owner, and chef. We gave thanks for all that we had throughout 2017 with the gifts of so many.
Year-End Giving is so important and vital to non-profits like the VRC and tax deductible to you. Your gift can help Mr. Floyd, a Korean War vet, who just lost his wife and who is living with his daughter take guitar lessons. He is currently teaching himself by feeling the strings. He’s not a social butterfly so your gift would help the “Outside the VRC Walls” Program where we reach those blind that are in their homes but still need an outlet and assistance in being independent and as viable as possible in their homes. How about those blind that live in subsidized housing? There are inspections monthly on the cleanliness of the apartments. Can you imagine without sight keeping your environment clean to the levels they are requiring? Your gift would help us to help them clean and be ready for inspection. Many are threatened with eviction. Close your eyes and think of ALL the things you COULD NOT do but can do with sight… Your gift matters! How will you help?
Blessings this holiday season,
Coming Up in December:
Dec. 2: A Carolina Holiday Symphony at Methodist College 7:30 pm 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC.
Dec. 5: 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
Dec. 9: Youth Christmas Party at the VRC! Tacos and Cookies! 1-4 pm. Join us to make cookies to take home with you and eat tacos for lunch. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville, NCDec. 12: 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. A Bad Mom’s Christmas 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: 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
Dec. 16: Christmas Party for our Adults! Join us for a fun night out at the Center. We will also use the time to have an informal family meeting. 5-8 pm. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville, NC
Dec. 25: Merry Christmas!
Dec. 25-29: Office Closed for the Holidays
Jan. 1: Happy New Year! Office closed
Jan. 2: Office Reopens and welcomes 2018!!!
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