Save The Date!

The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) Couture Designer Draw will be held on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Aqua Vino, 16 Harbor Lock Rd. East in Utica, 13502. The committee is working harder than ever to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever to include more raffles, a beautiful environment for attendees to participate and enjoy delicious food, fun, and several activities.

So, how does it work?

Participants may purchase raffle tickets at CABVI (with a new, exciting way to purchase via cash or credit card vs. last year’s cash-only limitation). “Just come down and see our staff and they can help you. One ticket is $20 or you can buy three for $50,” explained Designer Draw chairperson, Anne D’Amico. “There really is something for everyone and you’re supporting a great cause.”

2017 Designer Draw prizes were: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, $1,000 Visa Gift Card, and Chanel Pilot Sunglasses.

The event will include a purse pull again this year with numerous on display each with a surprise gift inside! The format worked incredibly well and the time passed almost in an instant. Last year’s event raised $15,990 to help support women’s and children’s programs at CABVI!

“Women’s and children’s programing is so important and the extra programs, like Camp Abilities-CABVI and Balance and Strength to name just two, are underfunded or not funded,” said Kathy Beaver, VP of Rehabilitation Services. “We need fun and engaging events like the Designer Draw to bring awareness to these types of programs, while providing a comfortable atmosphere for everyone, men and women alike, to network and win some great items.”

CABVI would like to thank all of the 2017 Designer Draw sponsors, committee members, and everyone who makes this event possible.

2017 Designer Draw sponsors
Bank of Utica
Mountainside Medical Equipment
UFCW Local 1
Home & Hospital Medical Supplies
Putrelo Building Enterprises
Caruso McLean Investment Advisors
Arlott Office Equipment
Nunn’s Home Medical Equipment
Adirondack Financial Services
RJ Dewar Services
Vincents Heating & Fueling Service
Mattingly Low Vision
Power Pallet
Enjem’s Flooring America
McQuade and Bannigan
Central New York Construction, Inc.
Utica Sign & Graphics
Northern Safety, Co.
Charlotte Products Inc.
Straubel Paper
 TownSquare Media

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Mary Fletcher, Development and Public Relations Coordinator, at (315) 797-2233 or visit

Anne D’Amico – Event Chair
Marlene Anderson
Michelle Broadbent
Estelle Caruso
Casey Gigliotti
Rita Kempson
Alana Ruiu
Ann Salatino
Julie Sisti

Kathy Beaver, Vice President of Rehabilitation Services                                                                                 Mary Fletcher, Public Relations & Development Coordinator
Tara Capponi, Public Relations Assistant



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