On Sunday, October 30, 2016, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) honored its volunteers during their annual Volunteer Appreciation Event at the Great American Ball Park. Six volunteers received recognition for special service and one received recognition for more than 500 hours of service in a year. A total of 59 volunteers were recognized. CABVI also gave tokens of appreciation to volunteers who reached a service milestone. Clyde Gray, retired WCPO news anchor, and Hal McCoy, of Fox Sports Ohio, were the guest speakers for the event.
Receiving special awards:
Mary (Wini) Bruening of Mt. Adams; the Samuel S. Sheffield Award, In Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
Rusty Ferdon of Dillonvale, The Caroline Fleming Fibbe Award, In Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service for Radio Reading Services of Greater Cincinnati.
Stephanie Smith of Mt. Auburn; The Jim Moser Award, In Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service as a Broadcast Reader.
Janet Koehne of Hyde Park; The Ron Ott Award, In Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service as a Personalized Talking Print Reader.
Charlie Goldsmith of Amberly Village; The Paul Silverglade Youth Volunteer Award, In Recognition for Outstanding Service as a Youth Volunteer.
Frank Morris Jr. of Blue Ash; The One on One Award, In Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service as a One on One Volunteer.
Bob Wylly of Liberty Township was recognized for the most hours of volunteer service in 2016.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of so many dedicated and compassionate volunteers,” said John Mitchell, CABVI’s CEO. “These awards recognize individuals who are making CABVI great!”
CABVI has a total of 713 volunteers, some of whom have been working with the organization for as many as 40 years. Volunteers support everything from CABVI’s Radio Reading Service to special events such as CABVI’s Annual “Yes You Can” 5K. To learn more about opportunities to volunteer, please contact CABVI at (513) 221-8558 or visit www.cincyblind.org/volunteer.