Making Connections at the Redefining Vision Luncheon

Featured Speaker Derrick Coleman, Jr. of the Seattle Seahawks

Featured Speaker Derrick Coleman, Jr. of the Seattle Seahawks

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Our 2014 Redefining Vision Luncheon was one of our best events yet! Thank you to all our community supporters for joining us at The Westin on Wednesday, April 9th, and helping us raise over $100,000 to benefit The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.’s annual Deaf-Blind Retreat!

We were thrilled to have Derrick Coleman Jr., fullback/running back for the NFL Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks as our featured speaker. Derrick was personable, relaxed, and funny as he shared memories from his childhood and experiences as the first deaf offensive player in the NFL.  He inspired us with his confidence and story of empowerment.

We also really enjoyed having Representative Cyrus Habib of the 48th Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives emcee the event. Cyrus is a natural public speaker, and we loved when he challenged the audience to support the Lighthouse with an additional $48 gift in honor of the Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII and his representation of the 48th legislative district.

Employee speaker aj granda addresses the crowd

Employee speaker aj granda addresses the crowd

Our employee speaker aj granda, Deaf-Blind Education and Retreat Coordinator, shared the importance of making physical connections for Deaf-Blind individuals who are often isolated in their own rural communities. She explained the annual Deaf-Blind Retreat, which takes place in beautiful Seabeck, Washington each August, provides a one-of-a-kind experience with access to information and relationship building activities in a fully accessible environment. She thanked the incredible volunteers and community members who make the Retreat possible and reminded us all to find new ways of communicating and connecting with one another.

It truly was a fantastic event, and we are so grateful for your ongoing support! A special thank you to our event volunteers, table captains, Luncheon Committee members, and sponsors!

Thank You to our Generous Redefining Vision Luncheon Sponsors

The Muckleshoot Charitable Foundation
Badgley Phelps Investment Managers
Alliant Benefits
Kibble and Prentice
Northern Trust
Pepsi Bottling Company
The BoxMaker, Inc.
US Bank Commercial Banking
Amber Janitorial
Swifty Printing, LLC

About the Annual Deaf-Blind Retreat

Charitable donations from the Redefining Vision Luncheon helped support the Deaf-Blind Retreat, which creates opportunities for networking, connection, leadership and empowerment in a fully-accessible environment. Each year between 60 and 95 participants who are Deaf-Blind and 120 to 150 volunteer interpreter/guides gather in beautiful Seabeck, WA from all across the country and around the world to participate in a variety of recreational and educational activities.

The Retreat offers an accessible, supportive, and  respectful environment that allows individuals to learn and experience many new activities such as tandem biking, boating, swimming, hiking, cooking and exercise classes, cultural presentations, workshops on new research, and demonstrations of the latest technology.

If you were unable to attend but would still like to support our mission, you can make a gift online here.

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