Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired held its annual benefit, a Casino Night, on April 9 at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette. Guests enjoyed the company of friends over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a variety of casino games.
This year’s fundraiser celebrated the five-year anniversary of Hadley’s business program, Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE), the only business program of its kind focused on people who are blind and visually impaired. FCE teaches business and technology skills to individuals with visual impairments, helping them start a business or grow their career.
Mark Sky-Shrewsberry, Hadley FCE student, spoke about how Hadley helped him realize his professional goal of becoming self-employed. After listening to the “What Color is Your Parachute” seminar through Hadley’s [email protected], as well as Hadley seminars featuring blind entrepreneurs, Mark enrolled at Hadley to learn about launching a business. Mark is now the owner of TechTamer Woodworks, a business that sells handcrafted, wooden products designed to store and protect mobile devices.
In advance of the event, Hadley received a significant challenge grant from the Bernard A. Newcomb Foundation, a supporting organization of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The charitable contribution helped Hadley to raise just under $300,000.
“Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s benefit our most successful ever; supporting employment and entrepreneurship among the visually impaired,” said Hadley Woman’s Board President Anne Merriman.
The benefit was hosted by Hadley’s Board of Trustees, its Woman’s Board, and co-chaired by Woman’s Board members Molly Fezell, Anne Merriman and Vicky Young. As the school’s single largest donor, the Woman’s Board has raised approximately $4 million in contributions since its inception in 1953.
About Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Founded in 1920, Hadley’s mission is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. The world’s largest educator of braille, Hadley serves nearly 10,000 students in all 50 states and 100 countries each year and thousands more through [email protected], free “just in time” webinars on a variety of vision-related topics. For more information, visitwww.hadley.edu or call 800-323-4238.