Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) held its Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the agency on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. 39 people attended, including individuals who are major gift donors as well as representatives from local foundations who provide generous support for CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs.
A consumer’s perspective was provided by CABVI’s 2016 Bradley L. Kaylor Blind Employee of the Year, Dave Perry, an Assistant Tape Machine Operator, who was also named the 2016 Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year Award winner by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind.
As John Mitchell, CEO, shared with attendees, in July, 2016, CABVI purchased an additional 59,000 sq. ft. building on Kenner Street, adjacent to the Cincinnati Museum Center, to accommodate the growth of its social enterprises and support more jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired. Through increased space and capacity for production operations, CABVI will meet new customer requirements and create new job opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. Once the Kenner Street facility is fully operational in 2017, CABVI will then convert portions of vacated manufacturing space on Gilbert Avenue to create space for expanded client services.
CABVI is grateful for a very generous estate gift from Carolyn (Voss) Hornbeck who passed away at the age of 93 on April 24, 2015. This gift is being used to cover the cost of CABVI’s Kenner Street building and makes possible expanded employment opportunities and available space for services. John Mitchell, CEO adds that, “Ms. Hornbeck was visually impaired and was very aware of CABVI’s services to help people adapt to vision loss. We are extremely grateful for her very generous gift.”
Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI provides services to approximately 5,000 people each year. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at www.cincyblind.org.