by Gary Axelbank
March 14, 2018
On Thursday, March 8 more than 150 people gathered at Tosca Marquee on East Tremont Avenue for the 25th annual Dinner and Award Ceremony for Visions VCB, the renowned organization that provides free services for the blind and visually impaired.
While the largest number of attendees in the quarter-century legacy of the event enjoyed the auction of prizes like hotel vacations and Yankee autographed baseballs and an extensive raffle of door prizes, maybe the most poignant moment of the evening came when the assembled got to meet Orlando Williams, the sight-impaired young-man who was recently featured in thisistheBronX.
The eighteen year-old Williams, the evening’s guest speaker who recently graduated from the VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB) vocational program, spent a few minutes with emcee Gary Axelbank talking about what has inspired him to succeed as a youth basketball player and landing a job working with disabled youth at an Early Learning Center in the Bronx.
The awardees were:
The Florio Family and Golden Glow Cookie Company
Roberta Gjonaj, R.N. from the Office of School Health
Myra Gordon of the Hunts Point Produce Market
Sandy Wolstein, President of the Rotary Club