The National Federation of the Blind is an organization that seeks to provide security, opportunity, and equality for all blind people. The NFB holds fundraisers throughout the year in order to support community outreach initiatives and to provide scholarships to blind children and adults. One such fundraiser is next month’s “It’s a Family Affair.” This event will take place on May 15, 2011 from 11am-4pm at the Moose Lodge at 7055 East 16th Street in Indianapolis.
The event will feature 8 full hours of community fun while providing attendees the opportunity to become more educated about blindness and the members of the blind community. Festivities include a day of fun with games that give sighted and blind children the opportunity to play together, face painting by clowns, door prizes, Twister and hula hoop competitions, and much more. In addition, entertainment will be provided by the Butler University Jazz Band, singer and NFB member J.W. Smith, as well as a number of local artists and musicians.
This event is an affordable day of fun for families. Children 12 and under will be admitted for $3, youth age 13-19 for $5, and adults will get in for $15 for a single and $25 per couple. Meals will be$5 and the event is catered by the Moose Lodge.
Money raised from this event will go into the state treasury and will be used for community outreach at schools and businesses as well as for scholarships for children to have the opportunity to meet with legislatures on a trip to Washington, DC.
State Fundraising Chair for the NFB, Jean Brown said, “Enhancing the lives of the youth through a strong philosophy allows the NFB to educate future generations. Blind children are being deprived of Braille orientation and mobility skills training in schools, often causing them to fall behind sighted children in the education process. This event is a chance to raise awareness and funds to ensure that blind children are granted every opportunity for sufficient growth and education.”
The general public is encouraged to attend this event. “It’s a Family Affair” promises to be a day of entertainment and education.