The Braille Monitor November 2002
On Wednesday, August 21, dozens of Federationists went out to the ball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The occasion (in addition to the Orioles game with the Devil Rays) was the presentation of the 2002 Robert Dole Award to NFB President Marc Maurer. Presented annually by the Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME), Inc., and cosponsored by Comcast, the award has been presented annually since its establishment in 1998. According to Albert Ruppersberger, award chair, the Robert Dole Award was established "to honor and recognize the many individuals who fight to overcome significant obstacles every day in their lives and to honor one special individual who exemplifies that struggle toward significant accomplishment."
Federationists displayed an NFB banner in the stands while the award ceremony was taking place and between innings. Dr. Maurer's picture and the banner were projected on the park's electronic bulletin board. All in all, it was a festive evening and a well-deserved award.
The Robert Dole Award presentation took place on the field shortly before the Orioles game began. The Orioles mascot waves at the camera during the awards ceremony. Left to right the participants are Al Ruppersberger, award chair; Dr. Michael Weinrigh, chair of the Volunteers for Medical Engineering, Inc., board of directors; John Staehlin, founder and president of VME; and NFB President Marc Maurer.