5th Annual Wine with The Blind

You’re invited to attend the fifth annual Wine with the Blind wine-tasting and fundraiser.  Wine with the Blind 2017 will be held on Monday, October 23 at Bravo! Italian Restaurant and Bar in Highland Village Shopping Center (Jackson, MS).  We will be setting up six tasting tables—each with a different wine + hor d’oeuvre pairing—to be sampled while guests peruse our silent auction and listen to live performances by visually impaired musicians.  ALL funds raised will benefit the MIB Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or in advance. With each purchase of a ticket, guests will receive a commerative wine glass.  Guests must be 21 or over and present a valid ID upon entrance.  For additional event information, please call 601.984.3264.

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.

Didn’t get our E-newsletter announcing this blog post?  Check it out here:  http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3dd86a57587b214fd7c776c3c&id=fdf5a1c1d1&e=[UNIQID]


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.


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!