The C.A.B. foundation hosted its fourth annual Vision for Vehicles Invitational and inaugural Vision Ride on Sunday, June 10 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro. The event exceeded the goal of $10,000 to support CABVI’s new state-of-the-art Vision Rehabilitation and Wellness center. Based on the success of the event, it’s been decided by staff and committee members that we will continue with both fundraising events next year.
The show offered more than 20 cars in three vehicle categories: pre-war, post-war, and modified. Some vehicles in the show included a 1967 Dodge Charger Fast-Back, 1910 Ford Model T Roadster, 1961 Porsche Cabriolet, and a 1910 Cadillac Demi 30.
Our inaugural Vision Ride had over 35 motorcycles rode for our Vision Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Police escorts assisted us through our journey, and volunteer firefighters blocked intersections so we could pass through safely as riders went on a route approximately 50 miles long, starting at CABVI’s Headquarters, 507 Kent Street, Utica, up through the Ilion Gorge, and ending at Hart’s Hill Inn! There, the motorcycle enthusiasts were able to join the vehicle enthusiasts and also enjoy a meal catered by Dean’s Concessions. Each rider received a commemorative CABVI pin. Thank you to the law enforcement officers who kept us safe, and to the firefighters who helped us pass through their towns safely. We could not have done it without you! A special thanks to Dave Olney and Dana Nimey-Olney for helping to coordinate the entire event! For more images of the Vision Ride, visit: www.eriecanalhog.com.
“Since 1986, the Vehicles for Vision program has raised money, primarily from donated autos, trucks, boats and real estate, to support the vision rehabilitation programs of CABVI,” said Hon. Michael Misiaszek, Chair of the C.A.B. Foundation Board of Directors, the governing of Vehicles for Vision and its sister program, Valuables for Vision. “We hope to gain more exposure for the good work of CABVI while, at the same time, promoting Vehicles and Valuables for Vision.”
All proceeds from both events will support programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired through the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI).
Village Motors was the presenting sponsor, along with additional sponsors AAA, Bank of Utica, Pondra’s Home & Hearth Realty, Mountainside Medical Equipment, CCP Industries, and Thompson and Johnson Equipment.