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EDITORIAL: Moving forward for the blind and visually impaired

Posted 8/2/22

The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Camp Abilities program recently benefited from a Service Above Self Gala at the Stanley Theater, raising more than $12,000, thanks to …

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EDITORIAL: Moving forward for the blind and visually impaired

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The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Camp Abilities program recently benefited from a Service Above Self Gala at the Stanley Theater, raising more than $12,000, thanks to the Rotary Club of Utica.

The Camp Abilities program provides camping experiences for area youth with visual challenges.

Also, during the evening the sold-out crowd dined on stage and danced to the music of Soul Injection. Several awards were presented to members of the Rotary Club, including: Jerry Kraus, the Quiet Giver Award; Darby O’Brien, the Paul Harris Fellow award; and Sister Elizabeth Greim, the Community Service Above Self Award.

The CABVI has been assisting the blind and visually impaired for decades. According to its website, (cabvi.org), it was in 1929 that “a group of concerned and dedicated citizens in Utica, N.Y. recognized a need in the community and rose to a noble challenge: to help people who were blind or visually impaired.” Their mission then was to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest levels of independence.

CABVI says with its partners at the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) it is committed to helping individuals find and retain jobs they value, whether it is employment in the community or employment at CABVI.

More events are on the horizon. Besides the Camp Abilities program, CABVI plans the Vehicles for Vision Car Show that will draw crowds of car enthusiasts to fill the downtown streets of Utica noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, for a day of viewing classic, antique, and muscle cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

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