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VRC June/July Newsletter and Calendar

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

The Vision Resource Center provides opportunities and resources to improve the quality of life of adults and children in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired.

Beach Life in June!

"There is no better therapy than being at the beach" the adults said as they spent the day relaxing at Kure Beach, NC. Many thanks to the United Way and Cumberland Community Foundation for their continuous support.  

Kure Beach, North Carolina June 28, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 3rd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling happening August 25th from 3-8 pm at Festival Park in Fayetteville!!!!

Be a part of our 3rd Annual Vision Resource Center (VRC) Chicken Wing Cook-Off! What is a Wing Fling, you may ask? Ten Contestants get the chance to show off their expert chicken wing cooking skills to win the Judges Choice $500.00, or the People’s Choice $500.00 prizes (chicken wings provided by Mountaire Farms, our premier sponsor for the event). Proceeds will provide more independent living skills and holistic programming for blind and visually impaired people here in Cumberland County. 

How you can be part of this cool event at

Save the Date: Summer Youth Camp is Coming August 6 to 17th!

The VRC could use your help. We always need volunteers, so if you are looking for a way to give back to your community, try the VRC. We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here:

A Note From Our Executive Director 

Happy Summer!!! The VRC thanks Allison Blough for her blogging services for us monthly.  She has started a new business, Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique in Southern Pines so this is our first blog without her,  the VRC will miss her, but we wish her the best. 

We kicked off the summer right with Bowling with our youth and Kure Beach with our adults.  Everyone had a great time. Thanks again to United Way and Cumberland Community Foundation's Elizabeth Hudspeth Grant and so many of our funders.  We could not do this without you. We are getting geared up for our 3rd Annual "Out of Sight" Chicken Wing Fling, and we have some excited competitors and awesome sponsors.  What makes this year, so special this is our 80th year in business!! Yes, 80 years helping the blind and visually impaired in our community.  In the eight years, I have been Director I have wanted to provide more of what my participants want. What may you ask skills!!! Skills to go about daily life as independent as possible, I have only scratched the surface. I know we make it look easy, but blindness is an expensive disability.  iPhones are the easiest phone for the blind and visually impaired to use, however, the least expensive is $349.00.  iPhone provides voiceover,  zoom magnification, money readers and color identifiers.  Other equipment,  such as CCTV (electronic magnification system)($2000); Handheld Magnifiers ($400); Canes ($40); Talking Phones ($150) Talking Watches ($40 and up) and PenFriend (Voice Labeling System $150), etc. It disheartens me to start to give a demonstration of equipment and before I start here comes the question "How much does it cost," the room becomes quiet, and I notice the signs, then the lack of attention because they will not be able to afford it.  

The VRC wants to make a difference, and we want the entire community to come out and support the Wing Fling by attending, purchasing a ticket or becoming a sponsor. Check out our website  Sponsorships start as low as $100.00 tickets range from $5-$10.00 and VIP is only $40.00.  Help us blow our 80th out of the water with bringing the 676 blind and visually impaired in Cumberland new hope!! Make a difference!

Coming Up in July:

July 3: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

July 5: TOKAY 9:30-11:00 am 

July 9: Transportation Meeting 9:00-12:00 pm 

July 10: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

July 12: TOKAY 9:30-11:00 am

July 14:  Youth Pool Party Camp Rockfish 11:00-3:00 pm

July 16:  Pavers Unlimited Advocacy 10:00-11:00 am

July 17: TOKAY 9:30-11:00 am 

July 19: TOKAY Rocker-Thon 8:00-11:00 am Smith Recreation Center

July 24: Movie TBD. AMC Market Fair 15 Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 1916 Skibo Road, Fay. NC

July 25: Family Meeting 11:00-1:00 pm 

July 31: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

Coming Up:

Youth Summer Camp: August 6 to 17th (9 to 3 pm)

Wing Fling: Save the Date: August 25, Festival Park 3-8:00 p.m.

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our website at for more information.

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