Thank you to all who supported the 2nd annual Bowling in the Dark fundraiser for the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Between in-kind and direct donations, we raised more than $5,000. The money raised will be to meet the increasing demand for services throughout the state of Vermont. Our first thank you goes to Brattleboro Bowl who once again hosted the event on Oct. 14.
We are also grateful to C&S Wholesale Grocers, New England House Restaurant, the Tavern, BRW Electronics, Curtis’ BBQ (Putney), Deals and Steals (Northampton, Mass.), and Panda North for their donations toward prizes, swag bags, and the venue. Three Lions Clubs each pledged $100: Brattleboro, Castleton, and Springfield. Many people volunteered their time and talents to help this event succeed. Peter “Fish” Case, of WKVT, was once again a fabulous host with great music and delightful good humor. Members of the Springfield and Brattleboro low vision support groups and other community members provided much-needed assistance.
Teams competed under blindfold with the guidance of their team captain who provided support with finding the correct ball, orienting to the center of the lane, and keeping score. Top bowler, Susan Bishop of Monson, Mass., scored 140 points and her team, the Stray Balls, was also the top-scoring team with 318 points. Congratulations also to Mary Lila Gregg, of Guilford, Vt., for once again collecting the most pledges. She exceeded her last year mark with a total of $510. Laura McKay won the 50/50 raffle.
This White Cane Awareness Day event is designed to raise awareness of the work of VABVI, which provides services to help children and adults with visual impairments to be successful in school and in life. For more information about Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired go to www.vabvi.org or call 800-639-5861.
Melinda Underwood, M.Ed., CVRT
Vermont Association f/t Blind & Visually Impaired