May 5, 2017

The Center for Vision Loss honored its donors at the agency’s “Something Worth Celebrating!” appreciation event on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Museum. The event’s location also celebrated the agency’s 2-yer collaboration with the Teaching Museum to make art accessible to people with vision loss. Museum staff Patricia McAndrew and Denise Stengl and volunteers worked together with Center for Vision Loss staff Rita Lang and clients to develop an audio-description project of selected art in the museum’s collections. Last Fall the Center for Vision Loss presented the Teaching Museum with its 2017 Accessibility Champion Award to acknowledge this effort.
Gary Pave, a member of the Center for Vision Loss Endowment Foundation board welcomed the group. Doug Yingling, agency Executive Director, provided remarks. Ricardo Viera, Lehigh University Art Galleries Director, and Patricia McAndrew also spoke.
Pave then introduced the newest members of the agency’s The Helen Keller Society for Legacy Giving: Andrea and Doug Yingling, in memory of Alfred Yingling and Tim Fox, OD.
As part of the evening’s festivities, guests dined on a selection of tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by Lehigh Catering Services. They also examined 3-D tactile representations of select museum art works created by Lehigh graphic design students and listened to the audio description using their phones. Thank you, Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Museum, for recognizing the importance of leveling the playing field in making their art works available to people living with vision loss.

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