Wine with The Blind Event a Success, and Wines Revealed!

Thank you all again for attending our first annual blind wine-tasting and silent auction!  The event was a HUGE success, and we anticipate hosting another one next year (date and time TBD, but put us on your calendar anyways).  With over 200 guests, nearly all 79 silent auction items sold, and a gross amount of close to $27,000 dollars raised, we could not have asked for a better turn-out!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for:  the revealing of the wines!  Monday night we asked you all to pick up a card with eight blanks and to fill in your guesses on the wines you were tasting!  So take out your lists, get to checking, and let us know how you did!  Which ones were your favorite?

Photo from Wine Press Blog

Photo from Wine Press Blog

Wine Table #1:  Orsino Pinot Grigio

Wine Table #2:  Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Table #3:  Simple Life Chardonnay

Wine Table #4:  Louis Guntrum Royal Blue Riesling

Wine Table #5:  Francis Coppola Votre Sante Pinot Noir

Wine Table #6:  Castle Rock Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Table #7:  Rosenblum Syrah – Vintners Cuvee

Wine Table #8:  Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines were chosen and paired by Bravo’s staff and sommelier.  For more information on where to purchase these wines, please call Bravo at 601-982-8111.

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Write-Up from Mississippi Department of Employment Services on MIB’s External Employment Program

Big Rock Cafe Youth Workers Graduate

Georgia Gowdy and Tichina Johnson, student workers in our MDES state office snack shop, were recently members of the 2013 graduating class at the Mississippi School for the Blind.  The two will be assisting Terry Lowery and Daniel Bennett this summer in the Big Rock Cafe at the state office.

Georgia, better known as Peaches, is a 21 year old from Byram who dreams of becoming a culinary artist.  she plans to attend Hinds Community College Raymond Campus in the fall.  After graduation from Hinds, she plans to attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Atlanta or Texas.  Her dream is to become a topnotch chef and run her own snack bars.  At MDES, Georgia runs the cash register, helps keep the dining area clean, and serves and assists the customers.

Tichina, known as Shina, is an 18 year-old native of Lexington and aspires to be a Music Engineer.  She plans to attend and graduate from Hinds in Raymond and Jackson State University.  She loves mixing rap music and making tracks that can be identified by ear.  Tichina stocks condiments and soft drinks, and makes sure everything is clean and running smoothly in the dining area.

Georgia and Tichina have received training and placement assistance from the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind for the past two years.

Assistance is donated from the Mississippi Industries for the Blind for transportation and evaluation and the Business Enterprise Program which provides summer work for these students,’ said Rosie Gibson, Director at the McByde Center. These programs help us train and place eight legally or totally blind students each summer in positions to help them become successful, productive citizens.

Georgia and Tichina will work in the Big Rock Cafe from 8 a.m. till noon Monday through Friday this summer.

Wagner-O’Day Act Celebrates 75 Years!

Happy 75 years to all National Industries for the Blind affiliates and other Wagner-O’Day Act adherents!  Check out NIB’s timeline of key milestones below to see how Mississippi Industries for the Blind and other agencies like MIB have gotten where they are today!

  • 1930s: Leaders in the blindness community urge Congress to open up government markets to nonprofit agencies that produce products made by people who are blind.
  • 1938: On June 25, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Wagner-O’Day Act into law. Named after its co-sponsors, Senator Robert F. Wagner and Congresswoman Caroline O’Day, the Act directs government agencies to give priority, when purchasing products, to nonprofits that employ people who are blind.
  • 1938: On August 10, NIB is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit corporation by the community-based nonprofits participating in the program.
  • 1952: NIB launches SKILCRAFT®, a unifying brand name for quality products made by people who are blind.
  • 1971: Senator Jacob K. Javits sponsors legislation adding the purchase of services and including agencies serving people with severe disabilities to the original Wagner-O’Day Act. The legislation becomes known as the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act.
  • 2007: The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled changes the operating name of the program to the AbilityOne Program.
  • 2013: The AbilityOne Program and NIB celebrate their 75 year anniversary.

Visit NIB’s 75th anniversary micro site for more historical milestones and events: