Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired hosted its first-ever BOLDLY BVI™ on April 10, 2021. This event is at the heart of Clovernook Center’s mission – to enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by developing the skills necessary to lead active, productive and independent lives. This program is geared towards BVI students and people who care for them.
LIVE – The LIVE portion featured Clovernook Center’s Brian Anderson. Brian is a collator operator in the Braille Printing House at Clovernook Center who also has a visual impairment. During this section, Brian shared how he lives his life and makes his dreams come true. He also shared a new poem he wrote just for BOLDLY BVI™.
WORK – Clovernook Center is thrilled to have had the following guests for the WORK portion of the event: Laura Wolk and Camryn Gattuso.
Laura currently serves as an Associate at Kirkland and Ellis, LLP in Washington, DC. and previously served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court under Justice Clarence Thomas. Laura is an accomplished graduate of Notre Dame’s Law School and lost her eyesight at 15 months of age from retinoblastoma cancer. Laura serves as a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.
WORK – Camryn (Cammie) is a five-time champion of the Ohio Regional Braille Challenge and attended the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles, CA when she was in the 2nd grade. Camryn is now enrolled as a college freshman at Stark State College and believes being able to use Braille is very important and also would like to spend more time serving as an advocate for people with disabilities.
PLAY – Clovernook Center was proud to have Matthew Whitaker join us for the PLAY portion of the program.
Matthew is a renowned American jazz pianist who has been blind since birth. He has performed at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater, where, at 10, he was the opening performer for the Stevie Wonder induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. Tune into the last part of the program to hear Matthew’s special performance.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS!
Sponsorship opportunities available
Opportunities for sponsorship of the 2022 Ohio Regional Braille Challenge are now available. To learn more or to select your sponsorship, please contact Rhonda Curtis, Director of Fund Development and Community Relations at (513) 728-6288 or RCurtis@clovernook.org.