[Ct-nfb] FW: Fund Raisers to benefit people who are blind in Connecticut

Elizabeth Rival erival at comcast.net
Thu Oct 10 17:34:33 UTC 2013



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Subject: Fund Raisers to benefit people who are blind in Connecticut


Hello everyone,


I am bringing to your attention two important fundraisers to benefit people
who are blind in our state. Please read below for details and pass along to
others who may wish to participate. Thank you.





From: Diane Weaver Dunne 


Hi All:

CRIS Radio is Connecticut’s finalist in the Tom’s of Maine 50 States for
Good program! Please vote now at
http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community#50-states-for-good and every day
through Oct. 15 and help CRIS win $10,000 in funding. CRIS Radio was
selected among 1,000 applicants and is the only nonprofit representing


Thanks so much!






Diane Weaver Dunne

Executive Director

CRIS Radio

315 Windsor Ave.

Windsor, CT 06095



From: Elizabeth Rival 
Subject: fund raiser 


Tickets are $10 if you come in with a cane or guide dog. If you give a $100
donation then you get  2 free tickets.


MC900021362[1]“Songs from the Heart” FundraiserMC900021362[1]

The Bridgeport Host Lions Club is having a fundraiser to help cover the
travel expenses for Gigi and her sighted companion to compete in Poland in

Date: Sunday, October 13th      Time:  2-5 p.m.

Place: Friend Hall at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Avenue,
Bridgeport, 06604, which is on the corner of Park Avenue and Capitol
Avenues. The parking lot is on Capitol Ave. Refreshments will be served. 

Cost: $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for students 14 and under and $10.00 for
anyone with a visual impairment coming in to the event with a long white
cane. With a $100.00 donation, you’ll have 2 free tickets sent to you or
held at the door.


The First Lion’s World Song Festival for the Blind will be held Nov. 18-21
in Krakow, Poland. Gigi Yanez-Hamberger will be representing the U.S.A.

The aim of the World Song Festival is to promote awareness of the needs of
those with their sight impaired and hope the festival will promote talented
blind amateur artists, and enable them to begin professional vocal career on
the international stage. The vocalists attending this Festival competed in
their own countries and will now compete against each other. 

The venue for the festival will be Kraków, a city credited by the European
Commission in ‘Access City Award 2011’ competition in recognition of its
initiatives aimed at making life easier for handicapped individuals. The
venue is the Juliusz Slowacki Theater. The vocalists will perform their
original songs live in front of a wide festival audience.  A professional,
international jury will pick the winners and people from the audience will
pick their favorites, who will receive the audience award. Their website for
more details is  <http://www.lionsfestival.jordan.pl>

Gigi learned about this opportunity because she is an active member of the
Southern Ct. chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Her chapter
meets the second Saturday of each month in Milford, CT.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most
influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United
States, with over 50,000 active members. Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates
for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops
innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind
and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become
independent and successful. Membership is open to all, both blind and
sighted. The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington, DC and
Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.  Their website is
<http://www.nfb.org> www.nfb.org

Lions Clubs are community service organizations that provide services and
programs at the local and international levels. The organization has 45,000
clubs and 1.3 million members worldwide. Members are volunteers. Their
activities include: tutoring programs, international disaster relief
efforts, an ongoing campaign to save the eyesight of people throughout the
world through their Sight First Program, offer eye free exams to the public,
providing education about
k> eye disease, run the Lions Eye Bank which houses eye tissue used for
medical research &  education and 30,000 surgeries each year,  recycle
eyeglasses for the needy and provides assistance for people who need eye
surgery, educate the public about environmental issues, run recycling
programs, that plant trees and remove graffiti from neighborhoods, run camps
for deaf children, a hearing aid recycling program and have educational
campaigns for diabetes and breast cancer awareness.
<http://www.lionsclub.org> www.lionsclub.org



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