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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iCanConnect

During this month’s Low Vision Support Group which was held this past Tuesday at Mississippi Industries for the Blind, we were introduced to a new grant program called iCanConnect.  This funding program, found here at iCanConnect.org, gives people with hearing and visual impairments the opportunity to apply for assistive technology.

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Participants at our Low Vision Support Group enjoy their refreshments while Kathy Foster of Low Vision Etc. poses for the camera!

According to the website, “the goal of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) [which funds iCanConnect] is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society.”  Thus, each state receives funds from this program and is able to distribute computers, braille devices, signalers, and other technologies on a case-by-case basis.

Assistive technology, such as this Pebble HD, magnifies and enhances text for visually impaired individuals.

Assistive technology, such as this Pebble HD, magnifies and enhances text for visually impaired individuals.

If you live in Mississippi and would like to find out if you qualify for this assistive technologies grant, please contact the state’s iCanConnect partner, The Arc of Mississippi.

As always, a HUGE thanks to Kathy Foster & Low Vision Etc. for their monthly contributions to our support group.  Next month’s meeting will be held on the 17th of September–hope to see you there!

Are You Ready for Our Silent Auction?

As you may already know, the MIB Foundation will also be hosting a silent auction as a part of our Wine with The Blind fundraiser at Bravo! Restaurant on September 9th!  We’re so excited about it, in fact, that we’re previewing a few items from the auction here!

Footballs signed by MSU players and coaches & a ball and baseball cap signed by coach John Cohen!

Footballs signed by MSU players and coaches & a ball and baseball cap signed by coach John Cohen!

And for our Ole Miss fans out there, we didn't forget you! Check out our Hugh Freeze signed Ole Miss Football!

And for our Ole Miss fans out there, we didn’t forget you! Check out our UM football signed by Coach Hugh Freeze!

Are you a fan of MS writers?  Then this signed John Grisham book, The Racketeer, is perfect for you!

Are you a fan of MS writers? Then this signed John Grisham book, The Racketeer, is perfect for you!

Want to read that John Grisham book but don't care to carry it around? Great, we have a Nook for you!

Want to read that John Grisham book but don’t care to carry it around? Great, we have a Nook for you!

So, friends, are you ready for our silent auction?  With these items, and more–Gail Pittman pieces; hand carved, wooden pens; art work by local photographers, painters, and sketch artists; and condos in Destin–you don’t want to miss it!

In order to place bids on these amazing items, you’ll need to buy a ticket to our Wine with The Blind fundraiser–CLICK HERE.  The silent auction will open at 5:30 PM on the night of the event!  Can’t wait!