Braille Monitor                                                                                                        April 2004

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Near the close of the grand opening program, representatives of the organizations making million-dollar gifts to the capital campaign joined dignitaries and Federation representatives on stage for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.   Here President Maurer uses oversized scissors to cut the broad textured ribbon.   Pictured left to right are Jason Polanski, a seven-year-old from Maryland representing the next generation of blind people; Barbara Walker Loos, president of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults; Wally O'Dell, chairman and CEO of Diebold, Inc.; Mary Ellen Jernigan, NFB executive director of operations; (almost hidden) Steve Marriott, senior vice-president of culture and special events for Marriott International, Inc.; Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind; and Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., governor of the state of Maryland.

Near the close of the grand opening program, representatives of the organizations making million-dollar gifts to the capital campaign joined dignitaries and Federation representatives on stage for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Here President Maurer uses oversized scissors to cut the broad, textured red ribbon. Pictured left to right are Jason Polanski, a seven-year-old from Maryland representing the next generation of blind people; Barbara Walker Loos, president of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults; Wally O’Dell, chairman and CEO of Diebold, Inc.; Mary Ellen Jernigan, NFB executive director of operations; (almost entirely hidden) Steve Marriott, senior vice president of culture and special events for Marriott International, Inc.; Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind; and Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., governor of the state of Maryland.

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