Thanks for Supporting our Summer Celebration Events in Seattle and Spokane
During the summer, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. hosted three very unique events at our Seattle and Spokane locations. These events were held as a special thank you to the community for your continued support of our mission and vital training programs.
To those of you who attended one of these events, we really enjoyed catching up with you and sharing our stories of successful opportunities for employment, empowerment, and independence for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.
Redefining Vision: In Bloom
We kicked off our summer festivities with Redefining Vision In Bloom on Saturday, July 26th. Guests enjoyed a delicious brunch buffet of pastries, fruit, and tea sandwiches followed by a guided tour of Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden by our King County Master Gardener Helen Weber.
Kirk Adams, President and CEO, shared some of the Lighthouse’s history of community support including the generous donation and passion from Ms. Dupar in 1973 that created the beautiful sensory garden. Our employee speaker, Malissa Hudson, described how, while working at the Lighthouse, she has gained the necessary confidence and skills to pursue her passion for radio broadcasting.
Guest speakers Doug Hildie and Karen Johnson honored us with their presence and honest conversation about their decision to join the Lighthouse Legacy Society by making a planned estate gift.
We encourage everyone to be sure and visit Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden next year!
Redefining Vision: Summer Evening Out
In true Seattle style, the nearly 100 event attendees and volunteers appreciated the warm afternoon at our August 14th Redefining Vision Summer Evening Out.
Thanks to our in-kind sponsors, Georgetown Brewing Company and Davenport Cellars, we offered beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a fun and relaxing atmosphere for socializing with old friends and new acquaintances.
Guests also had plenty of opportunities to learn about The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.’s mission and training programs by taking a tour of our Machine Shop or participating in a hands-on technology, Braille Literacy Program, or Orientation and Mobility Program demonstration.
A big thank you to our employee speaker Salvador Huizar for sharing his story of upward mobility and leadership training as one of our 2013 Employees of the Year. As always, we were delighted to hear from President and CEO Kirk Adams as he thanked our community for its continued support and shared a little about the Lighthouse’s recent accomplishments.
Thank you also to our premier event sponsor, Amber Janitorial Inc., and Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos for attending.
We look forward to hosting a similar evening garden event next year!
Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL) Java and Jobs
Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL) would like to thank the 20 Spokane community members who joined us on Wednesday, August 20th for Java and Jobs. Guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast, technology demonstration, and tour of our newly expanded facility.
Our guest speaker Brett Lewis, who is a Software Engineer for Freedom Scientific, demonstrated several different types of assistive and adaptive technology including JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software, a refreshable braille display, and the iPhone. Event participants had the opportunity to learn about the important role that technology plays in helping people who are blind achieve independence both in their personal lives and in the workplace.
After the technology demonstration many people took part in a tour of INL where they could observe our employees who are blind manufacturing many products including aerospace parts, easels, and wallboards.
Thank you again to everyone who helped make these three summer events a successful celebration of jobs, independence, and opportunity!
If you couldn’t make it to one of these events, you can still make a charitable contribution today by returning the enclosed donation envelope or making a gift online at thelighthousefortheblindinc.org. Be sure to stay in touch and watch your mail for future event invitations. We hope to see you all again soon!