FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Launches
Bid for Excellence

Online eBay Auction to Raise Funds for the Critical Programs of the NFB

Baltimore, Maryland (November 1, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United States, today launched its first national online auction, the Bid for Excellence.  The Bid for Excellence is not only a chance to bid on fabulous items but also an exciting opportunity to raise funds to support the work of the NFB.  The NFB provides programs, support, and mentoring relationships that help blind people all over the nation achieve excellence in their education, employment, and all aspects of their lives.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased to commence the first-ever Bid for Excellence online auction today.  As you bid on the diverse and exciting items available, you will not only be making a bid for a luxury trip to an exotic location or a valuable gift for a loved one, but making a bid for excellence, a bid for a bright future for blind Americans.  Funds raised will support our efforts to increase the number of blind children reading Braille; to raise awareness about the true capabilities of blind people; and to make the Internet accessible to all.  Please join us in our bid for excellence for blind Americans.”

Items available in the Bid for Excellence, hosted on eBay, include luxury accommodations in exotic locales, a behind-the-scenes tour of a popular TV show, and plenty of gift items just in time for the holidays.  Begin your bidding now at www.nfb.org/bid

For more information about the Bid for Excellence, contact Ann-Marie Laney at (410) 659-9314, extension 2371, or alaney@nfb.org.