Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Melissa Riccobono, President
Greater Baltimore Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
(410) 235-3073

Baltimore Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind Partners with Rub BBQ to Raise Money for Blind Maryland Students

Baltimore, Maryland (May 23, 2007): The Greater Baltimore chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is partnering with Rub BBQ to raise money for local blind high school students.  A portion of proceeds from dinner at Rub BBQ on Monday, June 4th, will benefit the NFB Transition to Independence Club for blind high school students in the Baltimore area.  The Transition Club is working to raise money to attend the NFB National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer.  The national convention is the largest gathering of blind individuals in the country, and a great opportunity for the students to meet successful blind role models and learn about a variety of resources for the blind.

"Our students have been working very hard to get to the national convention.  We are hopeful that we can raise the funds needed, as this would be a great experience for them!” said Mary Jo Thorpe, education program specialist at the NFB.

Date:        June 4, 2007
Location:  Rub BBQ
                1843 Light Street
                Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Time:        5:00 - close

The Transition to Independence Club is a program of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute under its National Center for Blind Youth in Science initiative, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Rehabilitation Services. The club's goal is to increase employment readiness, instill independence skills, and build self-confidence of blind or low vision high school students in Maryland. 

To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind or the Transition to Independence Club, visit  For more information about the event, please contact Mary Jo Thorpe at (410) 659-9314, extension 2407.