The inaugural Vision Ride consisted of a 50-mile loop that departed the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s (CABVI) headquarters, located on Kent Street, at 2 p.m., and arrived at the Hart’s Hill Inn at 3 p.m.
Immediately following the Vision Ride, the Vehicles for Vision Invitational Car Show will took place. The show offered 23 cars in three categories: pre-war, post-war, and modified. Vehicles in the show included, but were not limited to, a 1967 Dodge Charger Fast-Back, 1910 Ford Model T Roadster, 1961 Porsche Cabriolet, and a 1910 Cadillac Demi 30.
“Every year, the vehicles we invite are award winning show cars,” explained Barton Rasmus, event chair and member of both the C.A.B. Foundation and CABVI boards of directors. “Some of the vehicles only see daylight a few times during the year, and we are honored that their owners are willing to bring them out for the Invitational.”
The fundraising portion of the event, which included a dinner and live auction, raised over $12,000. A large portion of that figure came from our sponsors. Proceeds from the event supported the state-of-the-art Vision Rehabilitation and Wellness center, which construction is currently underway
across from CABVI’s Kent Street location.
“Since 1986, Vehicles for Vision has raised nearly $3 million, 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 are thankful to have such a dedicated event chair for this event so we can expand our fundraising efforts for CABVI’s 23,000 square foot building.”
Village Motors was the presenting sponsor of The Vehicles for Vision Invitational Car Show. Additional sponsors included AAA, Bank of Utica, Pondra’s Home & Hearth Realty, Mountainside Medical Equipment, CCP Industries, and Thompson and Johnson Equipment.
Thank you to the law enforcement officers who kept us safe during the Vision Ride, 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 and Dana Olney for helping to coordinate the entire event as well.
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