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April 15, 2016
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2016 SEE Cruise 
 
The 2016 SEE Cruise ship has sailed – and what a voyage it was! Great fun was had by all and it was a very successful night for Bluegrass Council of the Blind. We would like to thank all who came out to support our cause, including our volunteers, the staff at Banners, and the band – Conch Republic.
Conch Republic Performance
 
The event set sail on Sunday, April 10th at 5 Pm with our honorary SEE Captain, Bill Meck and it was smooth sailing for the rest of the night.  Conch Republic took the stage at 6 PM and took us to that  “One Particular Harbor”.  There were more than 40 auction items, 50 raffle items and more than 50 give-away prizes just for attending. Nearly everyone who attended walked away with valuable prizes. This is truly an event you don’t want to miss next year!  Keep watch for the date to b announced for the 2017 SEE Cruise!
Bill Meck, Theresa Thomas and Tommy Edwards Theresa Thomas BCB member and Raffle Chair Tim LutzBCB members Dawse Thomas, Tess Flynn and Theresa Thomas
During the festivities of the night, BCB member and volunteer, Tess Carlucci Flynn was recognized for her dedication and assistance in collecting items for the auction and raffle. Tess solicited more than $3,000 worth of services and products for our event. The event would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers, including members from the Junior League of Lexington, Delta Gamma Sorority, BCB staff and members and so many more! A special thank you to Lex 18 meteorologist, Bill Meck for hosting and to Susie Basham for managing the volunteers and making sure it was “smooth sailing” for all.
 
Another special thank you goes to our event sponsors, Retina Associates of Kentucky and Baptist Health Plan and to the staff and management at Banners. Owner, Ryan McGuffin was such a huge help in gathering tons of great auction and raffle items as well as donating $925 of the proceeds from the night to further our cause.
 2016 SEE Cruise Home Port-Banners
We would like to recognize all the generous local businesses who donated items for our event. A complete list of donors can be found on our website. Please check out these wonderful donors and thank them for their generosity. 
 
Here are a few photos from the 2016 SEE Cruise. You can find more fun and festive photos on our Facebook page and on TopsinLex.com by clicking here.
BCB Has a New Program Coordinator 
 
Bluegrass Council of the Blind welcomes new staff member, Sam Seavey, as the Assistive Technology and Training Program coordinator. Sam was diagnosed in early adolescence with Stargardt's Disease, a form of macular degeneration, and was legally blind by his mid-teens.
 
For the last several years Sam has been exploring his passion for mobile technology and has created video content for a YouTube channel, Mobile Tech Videos 2.  While in that position he added a couple of videos about phone accessibility apps for people with low vision and received positive feedback from members of the community.  In early 2014 he created his own YouTube channel, The Blind Spot, dedicated to sharing his experiences living with vision loss.  The Blind Spot has over 1100 subscribers and boasts over 190 videos covering a wide variety of topics of interest for those affected by vision loss. 
 
Sam tries to show the humorous side of life with low vision while also sharing many tips and tricks he he's learned over the last 25 years.  He is excited to join the team at BCB and share his knowledge and help others learn to use accessibility tools to make their lives easier. Welcome, Sam will be a part-time employee working two days a week. Welcome, Sam.
Calendar 
 
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Wednesday, April 27th
- Peer Support Group Meeting at the BCB office from noon to 2pm. Mac Ferguson, President of the Lexington Lions Club and BCB Board Member, will be presenting. 
Monday, May 9th
Community outing to be announced
Wednesday, May 18th to Friday, May 20th – 1Touch Coaching Certification Course at our office in Lexington. The Delta Gamma Foundation has awarded 1Touch with a grant that will cover the first 7 participants to register for the course. Contact Miranda Brown at 319-208-1683 orinfo@1touchproject.com for more information.

Please RSVP for any BCB event you plan to attend at least two days in advance - 859-259-1834 : info@bcbky.org
 
Wheels passes will be provided as reimbursement for members who pay for Wheels transportation to and from BCB events.
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In-Kind Needs & Other Ways to Help 
 
- Filters for Brita water pitcher
- Coffee
- New or gently used sofa and chairs
- Tablets and smartphones
- Magnification devices such as handheld magnifiers, digital magnifiers, or CCTVs
 
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Kroger Community Rewards
Register your Kroger card at krogercommunityrewards.com and choose BCB as your nonprofit. A percentage of your purchases goes to BCB with no extra cost to you!

Member Birthdays 
 
Chris Perdue, April 18th
Meg Doran, April 21st
Tom Dixon, April 22nd
Gary Faulkner, April 28th

 

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