The Braille Monitor May 2005
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Friday, April 8, 2005
At 7:30 the master of ceremonies, Gerry Sandusky of WBAL-TV 11 Sports, opened the program with a live auction that raised a considerable amount of money in only a few minutes. Several speakers then addressed the crowd, and Mark Riccobono, manager of education programs at the Jernigan Institute, introduced a new video about the Science Academy for blind youth, highlighting the science camps last summer at the Institute. Jordan Richardson from Minnesota, a graduate of the Circle of Life camp, and Nikki Singh from Maryland, a graduate of the Rocket On! camp, described their camp experiences and stole the show from the adults.
Gerry Sandusky did a brilliant job of keeping the program moving and everyone energized. Exactly on time Roberta Flack, well-known jazz singer and musician, and her band mounted the stage and provided ninety minutes of musical masterpieces.
Flack has been a fixture on the jazz scene for more years than she or we would like to admit, but she still sounds great, and she commands the program wherever she performs. In all, it was a memorable first anniversary celebration..
Barbara and Brad Loos (Nebraska) stand in front of the welcoming banner in the first-floor lobby of the Jernigan Institute, prepared to welcome guests
Jackie and Charlie Brown (Virginia) inspect a sounding rocket, like the one launched by Rocket On! campers last summer. It is on display in the first-floor atrium of the Jernigan Institute.
NFB staff member Chris Danielsen provides background music on a keyboard at the celebration.
Magicians Ken Horsman (left); Chad Allen, an intern on the NFB staff (center); and Spencer Horsman (right) pose with their card tricks.
Celebration guests study item descriptions at the silent auction table.
President Maurer (left) with daughter Diana (center) and wife Patricia (right).
A chef from Matsuriís Teppanyaki arranges sushi at the restaurantís booth.
Jordan Richardson of Minnesota addresses the celebration audience.
Nikki Singh (Maryland) describes her experience at the Rocket On! camp.
Woody Collins, honorary chair of the first anniversary celebration, inspects the $1,000 bill before presentation to Mike Ziegler, while Gerry Sandusky, master of ceremonies, and President Marc Maurer look on.
Roberta Flack with two of her singer/musicians.