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Thanks to you...

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Thank you to everyone who played a part in making the 2016 True Blue Do: Night Visions such a great success!

Held at the beautiful Mason Fine Art gallery and event space, this year’s True Blue Do featured a wide variety of activities from start to finish, including:
  • A Silent Auction featuring over 65 items and the “Almost” Live Auction offering 9 items
  • An interactive “Paint-by-Numbers” mural, where guests had the opportunity to explore their inner artist and paint sections of a giant canvas for a small donation
  • An exhibition of works from two exhibits that explore vision in a unique way: Billy Howard and Laurie Shock's Blind/Sight, Conversations with the Visually Inspired and Stephanie Eley's Invisible to Others
  • Recognition of our True Blue Do honorary chairs, Mary Ann and Dick Cook, for their dedicated service to CVI
  • The “Flip-for-a-Trip” raffle to win a pair of tickets from Southwest Airlines
  • The Golden Ticket raffle to win the live auction item of the winner’s choosing (this year’s winner chose the Giant Panda Wild Encounter Experience at Zoo Atlanta!)
  • A live auction featuring 10 fabulous items – including 6 bottles of Darioush fine wine (which sparked a bidding war), and a painting by French Impressionist Paul Vogler, “Paysage En Automme,” which was generously bequeathed to CVI by longtime friends and supporters Joe and Cathleen Blumberg
  • The “Fund-a-Mission” segment, which featured remarks from CVI clients who reminded us of the many ways that CVI empowers those that we serve, inspiring those in attendance to give generously
Click here to check out all of this year’s event photos!

BEGIN Pre-K Graduation

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On Wednesday May 11, CVI held its annual BEGIN Pre-K Graduation, a celebration that honors and thanks the families and children of BEGIN. This year, five graduates celebrated their transition to the public school system. The ceremony began at 10:30 AM in the BEGIN classroom, and was attended by parents, siblings and other relatives. Dessert and punch were enjoyed by all following the exercises. The rising kindergartners were adorned in purple gowns, and received certificates and award necklaces. Congratulations to all of our BEGIN graduates and their families! 

Click here to check out the photos from the graduation. 

VisAbility Store June Sale

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Have you heard? Save! Save! Save!
June Sale — Up to 75% off*
Christmas items, selected toys and kitchen items all 75% off
Don’t wait! The sale ends June 30, 2016
*Exclusions apply. All sales are final. Quantities limited.

Support CVI with an
End-Of-The-Fiscal-Year Gift

Help make a difference! Please consider making a gift to support CVI’s life-changing programs before June 30, the end of our fiscal year. It is easy and secure to make a donation online at Your contribution will help to empower our clients to meet the challenges of vision loss to reach their personal goals and lead fulfilling lives. Thank you for playing an important part in the CVI community! It is the support of friends like you that enables CVI to help clients of all ages to achieve their goals for independence all year long.  
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And the Award Goes to...  

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2016 Sarah Woolf Spirit Award Winner – McClain Hermes
Congratulations to Laurrie “McClain” Hermes, the recipient of the 2016 CVI Sarah Woolf Spirit Award. McClain, 15, is a participant in CVI’s STARS program and was nominated by the STARS staff.
The Sarah Woolf Spirit Award is presented annually to a CVI client who demonstrates a courageous spirit that inspires others. Created by CVI’s Board of Trustees, this award honors the memory of Sarah Woolf, who demonstrated exceptional courage and spirit in spite of grave health challenges. Sarah was the daughter of Bill and Donna Woolf. Bill, who served as CVI’s Senior Vice President, retired from CVI in 2014 after 24 years of service.
McClain exemplifies the phrase “Independence with Dignity” as a teenager who loves her independence, pursuing activities that she desires to experience in spite of her vision impairment. Click here to read more about McClain and her many accomplishments!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 6/23
Open House for Prospective Clients and Families

Monday, 6/27
Helen Keller's Birthday

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

Planned Giving
Corner: A Tax-Saving Way to Help
the Center for the Visually Impaired

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If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the Center for the Visually Impaired and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. This law has no expiration date so you are free to make annual gifts to our organization this year and well into the future! To learn more, click here or contact Helene Erenberg at 404-602-4275.

Did You Know?

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Did you know that several tablets and smartphones have features specifically designed for persons experiencing vision loss? Many of these devices can be used for reading, sending and receiving email, managing one’s checking account, going on Facebook or simply sharing photographs with family and friends. In addition, they can be used as magnification devices for low vision users.
Are you interested in training on how to use tablets, iPads, iPhones and/or mobile devices? Do you have one of these devices but are no longer using it since your vision loss? Would you like to find out what new devices are available that may be of use to you?
CVI’s Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic is now offering classes to help you with any existing device you have or help you explore what may work best for you.
If you are interested in further information please contact Bill Epperson at 404-602-4343 or

STARS Alumni
Lucas Rice

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Recent STARS alum Lucas Rice was featured on the news in Macon for his internship in February, 2016. We couldn't be more proud! Click here for the full story.

Special Thanks

An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored, contributed to and participated in this year’s True Blue Do: Night Visions. We couldn’t
have done it without your help! We hope to see you next year for another wonderful event.
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