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Table of Contents 3-Click-to-Bid Instructions 4-CEO Welcome Message 5-Keynote: Terrance Young 6-About VIA 7-About VIA Services 10-Agenda 11-VIA Board of Directors 12-VIA Planning Committee 13-Live Auction Items 14-Sponsor Lists 17-Program Ads


Click-to-Bid Instructions TEXT BIDDERS: 1. Text VIA to 56651 2. Tap link in reply message 3. Click Register Now to bid WEBSITE BIDDERS: 1. Visit via.cbo.io 2. Click Register Now to bid OR 3. Log in with bidder # or password NOTE: Any payment information is hidden and secure outside of ClickBid servers and resources. No one has access to your payment details at any time.

Scroll down to browse items Tap Details to read item description Bid on Item: Select Fast Bid for next bid increment amount Select Bid/Set Max to choose amount to bid up to; successful bid shows green and gives you information on the status of your bid; unsuccessful bid shows red and gives you information on the details of the unsuccessful bid

After 10/22/20 at 8PM; winning guests will see a RED PAY! button to make a secure payment for their winning items If you choose not to self-check out, VIA will batch process payments on Friday, October 23rd at 12:00PM. Email slach@viawny.org to schedule a pick up


Message from VIA President & CEO, Tammy Owen On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of VIA, Visually Impaired Advancement, welcome to our 9th annual fundraiser. Although we would prefer to be interacting with you personally at our Dining in the Dark Gala, we are grateful you are actively engaging in our virtual event.

Each year VIA impacts over 2,500 children and adults facing the challenges caused by vision loss or blindness. Due to the revenue loss we have experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic your support is needed more than ever. Your generosity will directly enable us to provide the services needed by children and adults who are blind or visually impaired as they strive to live independent, productive and joyful lives. Thank you for helping to make others’ dreams come true. Tammy


Terrance Young Keynote Speaker Terrance is a young adult who successfully completed VIA rehabilitation when he lost his sight as a teenager. Currently, Terrance is a college graduate and a Wegmans employee, looking forward to progressing his career in radio & broadcasting.


ABOUT US For people and their families who are facing the fear and uncertainty that accompany vision loss, VIA is a path to the comfort, strength and hope they need to help achieve their highest degree of independence. VIA provides the tools, education, and support that empower people who are blind and visually impaired to overcome their challenges and live more fulfilling lives, professionally and personally. From the first formal meeting of the Buffalo Association of the Blind in 1907 to the Olmsted Center for Sight and now VIA, this organization has a rich history of helping the visually impaired see the future and be seen as productive members of the community by the world around them.


SERVICES Vision Rehabilitation Learning to live without sight or diminished vision is probably something you’ve never thought about, unless you’ve had to. Here at VIA, we offer comprehensive vision services for individuals of all ages to help maximize their remaining functional vision, safety, independence and quality of life.

Low Vision Clinic Open to the public, the VIA Low Vision Clinic is a comprehensive partner with your ophthalmologist or optometrist providing services to help maximize your safety and independence in your home, community and work life. Our vision rehab team uses traditional methods & continuously evolving tools to assist you.

Workforce Developemnt VIA staff is composed of Vocational Evaluators, Career Counselors, Certified Professional Resume Writers and Employment Specialists who work to better prepare individuals with vision loss for employment, both locally and all over the country.

Child & Young Adult Support VIA provides specialized vision services in the academic environment including mobility training for children from birth to age 21 to maximize each student’s educational potential. We also provide Recreational and Youth Experiencing Success programs for children and their families!

Meeting Your Business Needs Since 1907, we have prided ourselves in creating employment opportunities that demonstrate the diverse skills and capabilities of people who are blind. Our employees provide an array of services creating customized market-competitive solutions for your business requirements.



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Thank you to all the following sponsors, donors and supporters!


AGENDA

5:30PM Sponsor Commercials 6:00PM CEO Welcome, Tammy Owen Live Auction Terrance Young Fund-a-Vision Closing Remarks


VIA Board of Directors KEVIN J. CROSS, Chairperson ALTHEA LUEHRSEN, Vice Chairperson LISA RAFALSON, Secretary LISA M. KIRISITS, Treasurer RONALD BENDERSON, Honorary Member PHILLIP CATANESE STEPHEN V. CROSS PATRICK ENGASSER JACK GRECO KELSEY HANKS JOHN KREMER MARTHA LAMPARELLI PAUL LEE SHARON LOCHOCKI DENNIS McCOY MAI NGUYEN ERIC RECOON RAYMOND REICHERT CARL SCANLON JR. DOMINIC SECCHIAROLI GEORGE WANDS, CIA LAMONT WILLIAMS


A very special thank you to our Dining Differently Planning Committee

MARTHA LAMPARELLI, Event Chair STEPHEN V. CROSS JOHN KREMER ALTHEA LUEHRSEN DENNIS McCOY MAI NGUYEN LISA RAFALSON


Live Auction Items 3 Hour Buffalo Brewery Tour, Private Brewers Table at Flying Bision (with light snacks and 3 free pints of beer each) and 1-hour tour of the Electric Tower in Downtown Buffalo; for 8 individuals Enjoy a gourmet, multi-course meal of authentic creole Cajun dinner prepared for you and your 7 friends by a New Orleans cook!

Enjoy a case (24 pack) for 12 consecutive months of any beer including, craft and limited-edition releases from Try-It Distributing. Yeti Cooler Roadie 24 Join the chef at Allen Burger Venture for a one-of-a kind experience! ABV chef, Dino DeBell will host a cooking lesson & private dinner for up to 8 people in the winner’s home consisting of ABV’s award winning craft burgers, sides and more!


SPONSORS PRESENTING


SPONSORS BRILLANCE

Independent Health Ingram Micro Key Bank Lippes Mathias Wexler OneLink Ventures Molina Healthcare National Fuel Rich Products


SPONSORS RADIANCE

BNMC Bonadio Group Bond, Schoeneck & King Evans Bank Frey Electric Kiristis & Associates Lamparelli Construction Nottingham Advisors Tammy Owen Ross Eye Institute Usherwood Walsh Duffield Insurance









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