Friday, March 20, 2009
Envision received a $50,000 gift from Dawson Grimsley, president of Davis-Moore Auto Group in Wichita, today.
“I have personally witnessed the importance of Envision to our community and the people they serve. The services Envision provides are vital to helping individuals who are blind or low vision remain as independent as possible, Grimsley said. “We cannot afford to fail this campaign.”
Dave Unruh, chairman of the Envision Beyond 20/20 Capital Campaign committee, says the gift brings Envision to within $250,000 of its $3 million goal. In order to receive $600,000 in challenge grants from the Mabee and K.T. Wiedemann foundations, Envision must raise the last $250,000 by May 1.
“We understand the automobile industry is struggling right now,” Unruh said. “This generous gift from a leading Wichita business and community leader like Dawson Grimsley proves his commitment to helping individuals of all ages who are blind or low vision. He understands how important it is that we reach our goal.”
Since launching its first ever capital campaign, Envision has secured $2.75 million in gifts and pledges. The Beyond 20/20 campaign serves to gut out and renovate portions of the new Envision Low Vision Rehabilitation Center, located at 610 N. Main St.
The Envision Low Vision Rehabilitation Center encompasses a comprehensive low vision rehabilitation clinic; support groups for Hispanics, seniors and kids; outreaches; an adaptive aids store and other programs and services for people of all ages who are blind or low vision, regardless of ability to pay.
Clients at the Envision Low Vision Rehabilitation Center learn new ways to do everyday tasks through specialized training and use of optical and adaptive aids. They learn skills necessary to live safely and independently. It is the only comprehensive multi-disciplinary center of its kind in the region.
With the space and equipment provided by this campaign, Envision will bring hope, dignity and independence to tens of thousands of Kansans over the next decade.
The mission of Envision is to enhance the personal independence of individuals with low vision or blindness through employment and low vision rehabilitation.