Art Show

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services announces Full Circle, an art show and exhibit featuring work created by adults with disabilities, Thursday, July 17, at 1800 West St., Homestead, PA 15120, 412-368-4400 ext. 2297. An artist meet and greet will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.; an evening exhibit and hors d’ouvres are planned from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Art and craft items will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the programs for adults with disabilities.

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Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

The Spectacle
Spring 2014

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On Board!

On Board!

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) welcomes to its Board of Directors: Michael J. Zaken, retired from U.S. Steel Corp., who is returning to serve on the board.

Board of Directors officers are Chairman Louis A. Lobes, Jr., M.D., Retina Vitreous Consultants; Vice Chairman Joe Gordon, retired, Pittsburgh Steelers; Treasurer Amanda Cavill, PNC Financial Services; and Secretary Peggy Snavely, community volunteer.

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$70,000 Grant

$70,000 Grant

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh has received a $70,000 grant from the Nelson Adult Blind Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The funding will provide services in our Low Vision Rehabilitation Program to adults who have been diagnosed with low vision and who are not insured or who are under-insured. Services may include eye exams and/or prescribed vision devices and the necessary training.

“We are grateful to the Nelson Adult Blind Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation,” said BVRS President Erika Arbogast. “Our Low Vision program …

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Corporate Cup Results

The 30th annual Corporate Cup Charity Ski Race and Sporting Clays benefiting Blind & Vision Rehab took place Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The winning ski team, representing Gordon Terminal Service, included Geoffrey Ehringer, Greg Semuskie and George Ehringer with a time of 106.39. Geoffrey Ehringer was the fastest skier with a time of 30.29.

The winning Clays team, representing Vista Metals, Inc., included Fred
Cromling, Vince Oddo, Steve Yuhouse, Al Pontia and Mark Booth with a score of 387.

Each ski team included three racers who …

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St. Lucy’s Gift

St. Lucy’s Gift

BVRS has received a $200,000 gift from St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind. The donation is from proceeds of St. Lucy’s annual Medallion Ball, which recognizes young women for completing a required amount of volunteer hours in the community during their high school years. Since 1959, St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind has given BVRS $3,355,366.

“We continue to be grateful to St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind and the young women who have worked so hard in service to others,” said BVRS President Erika Arbogast, …

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2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report
Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

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Home Run

Home Run

Just ask Nick Gardner what he did on his summer vacation. He was a Pittsburgh Pirate. With his own uniform. His own locker. He had batting practice with A.J. Burnett, then took a run around the bases as the team that is loving its first winning season in 20 years cheered him on.

Nick Gardner takes the field.

For real!

Nick, a Baldwin High School student, was the winner of our essay contest to be a Pittsburgh Pirate for a Day. The essay contest — on “My Personal Game-Winning Home Run” …

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Prepared for Employment

Prepared for Employment

Blind & Vision Rehab officially has concluded an employment preparedness initiative funded by the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative Fund, a donor advised fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The new program taught adults with disabilities skills necessary for using computers to find and apply for jobs online and skills to market themselves to employers, along with interviewing preparation and organizing job searches.

While the program was set up to enhance employability skills for persons with vision loss, it transitioned into a users group of more than 12 members …

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PBA Tour

PBA Tour

PBA Industries, our manufacturing division, hosted state lawmakers and business leaders, for an open house and a tour of its North Side manufacturing facility. For more than 100 years, PBA Industries has provided meaningful employment and training opportunities for people who are blind in the Pittsburgh community.

PBA Industries is one of 91 nonprofit agencies associated with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) that produces SKILCRAFT® products and provides services for federal and military customers through the AbilityOne® Program. NIB and its associated agencies serve as the …

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