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Got Talent? Audition by February 1 for the April VIBES Variety Show and Help Raise Money to send Kids to the Enchanted Hills Music Academy

Friend of the LightHouse, Joyce Cid, is organizing another one of her stellar fundraisers to raise money for scholarships to Enchanted Hills. This year all proceeds will go to scholarships for our summer Music Academy. The event will feature talented musicians (and other performers) from around the Bay Area.

Are you a blind musician, comedian or other entertainer? To audition to be part of the show, email Joyce Cid (jcid@sbcglobal.net) a link to a video or audio clip showcasing your talent. Deadline for submissions is February 1.

Tickets to this event will go on sale in the spring. In addition to the entertainment on stage, there will also be tempting food options and alluring silent auction and raffle prizes. Whether you attend as a performer on stage or as an adoring fan of our blind talent, please plan to join us for this special event.

What: V.I.B.E.S. (Visually Impaired and Blind Entertainment Sunday), a fundraiser benefiting Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, a program of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Audition Deadline: Monday, February 1.
When: The show will be on Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1 to 4 pm
Where: Armando’s in Martinez http://www.armandosmartinez.com/

For more information about Music Academy, see this recent article on the program.


This Weekend, Life is a Cabaret: Join us on January 9 and 10 for the Annual Great American Songbook Benefit

Portrait of Anne and Steve GillThe Gill Family, with the help of fabulously talented Menlo School students, alumni and faculty continue their tradition of special concerts in honor of their daughter Anne, a longtime Enchanted Hills camper. This year the two concerts explore the work of the highly successful songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb, best known for musicals Cabaret, Chicago and Fosse as well as the iconic song (known to many of us as a signature piece for Frank Sinatra) New York, New York.

What: Life is a Cabaret: An Evening with Kander and Ebb
When: Two Performances – Saturday, January 9 and Sunday January 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Spieker Ballroom at the Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton 94027
$15 donation requested. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis
All proceeds benefit our Enchanted Hills Camp Special Needs Session

For more information contact Steve or Nancy Gill at (650) 948-4648 or nancyggill@yahoo.com.

Cycle for Sight Brings in $32,000/First Deaf-Blind Cycle for Sight Team

We did it again! We’re proud to have another Cycle for Sight Fundraiser under our belts and we’re deeply grateful to the Rotary Club of Napa for their award of $32,000, our share of the proceeds raised by 2,000 cyclists for the Cycle for Sight 2015 event, and to everyone who contributed to make this award possible.

Rotary Club of Napa members present a giant-sized check for $32,000 to Enchanted Hills staff. Left to right, Dale Carriker, Gary Rose, Camp Construction Manager George Wurtzel, Camp Director Tony Fletcher and Tim CooneyWe are thankful for the hard work of those who raised funds through the pledgereg.com website as well as our individual supporters who raised almost $5,000 in direct donations to support Camp: Tino Benelli, Margie Donovan, Tony Fletcher, Gena Harper, Sean McGee and Prindle Vaux.

Our thanks and congratulations to all the riders and fundraisers!


Deaf-Blind Cyclists Ride in Cycle for SightOur first-ever Deaf-Blind Cyclist Group Rode in this year’s Cycle for Sight 2015

This year, for the first time, an organized group of three deaf-blind cyclists and two volunteer SSPs (Support Service Providers) participated as part of Team LightHouse in Cycle of Sight on April 18. Some rode 25 miles, others did the 15 mile run. With the support of the SSPs, all of the cyclists were able to complete their ride. Next year will see more deaf-blind riders and volunteer SSPs. The Northern California Association of the Deaf-Blind will meet monthly to practice riding tandem bikes.

Save the Date!
We’ve just gotten word from the Napa Rotary Club that Cycle for Sight 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 16. Don’t forget to mark your calendars.

Tactile Enchanted Hills Chocolate Bars Now on Sale

Bars of Enchanted Hills chocolate - visible are the raised letters that spell out EHCBack by popular demand!

Right now you can purchase delicious handmade bars made of dark chocolate at our Adaptations store and at Enchanted Hills Camp. Our Napa neighbor Dan Galvin (chocolatier hobbyist) taught us everything we needed to know about how to make our own bars, including how to create a design, how to purchase the equipment and how to actually make and package the chocolate. All the chocolate bars were made in the commercial kitchen at Enchanted Hills Camp.

The taste of the chocolate is complex and rich; its smell is divine and it is beautiful to look at, with letters that spell out E H C on top – each letter adorned with its corresponding letter in braille. We are selling each delicious 3-ounce Enchanted Hills Chocolate bar for only $5.00. All proceeds go to support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Come and get yours now!

For more information call us at Adaptations at 1-888-400-8933 or stop by Adaptations at 214 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Cycle for Sight 2015: A Fundraiser on Wheels

Anthony Dalli, Jimmy Cong and Andy Rodriquez stand in front of the Enchanted Hills Camp banner. Jimmy is in the center playing gum gum style on the guitarWith sunny skies, mild temperatures and the largest number of blind riders on tandems, last month’s Cycle for Sight was a blast. What a great group of people – full of energy and vitality. It was wonderful to see all of the tandem riders and captains out on the road.

More than 2,500 people participated in this year’s event, a huge number for any Northern California ride. The Napa Rotary Club was aiming to have revenues exceed $250,000 for this event, which demonstrates how much effort went into it.

Heartfelt thanks go to: Our volunteers from Google and AmeriCorps for making the EHC water station an oasis, Jimmy Cong for playing his beautiful guitar tunes at the main rest stop, LightHouse Board member Gena Harper and camper Xianna Rodriguez for speaking with passion and eloquence from the stage, all of the riders who raised sponsorships to support Enchanted Hills and to Tony Fletcher for leading the team on a safe and fun adventure. Thank you to BORP (Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program) and Napa Valley Bike tours for lending tandem bikes to our fleet. And we truly appreciated the Silver Sponsorship of Sports Basement and donations of vittles from KIND Bars.

Most of all, thank you to the Napa Rotary Club for coordinating this fine event, making it possible for kids who are blind to have a transformative camp experience at Enchanted Hills.

Cycle for Sight 2016 will be on Saturday, April 16th. Don’t miss it!

Team LightHouse members (left to right) Elysia Arriola, Alexia Arriola, Maycie Vorrieter

A large group of Team LightHouse members gather in front of the LightHouse table at the festival

Donate Your Car to the LightHouse

Did you know you can donate your car, RV, boat or other vehicle to benefit the LightHouse? Car donations are a wonderful way to do something useful with that old car you’ve had sitting in your backyard for what may seem like an eternity. It’s hard to know what to do with an older vehicle. Who really wants it? Do you try to sell it? What will you get out of it? Will it require added expense to fix it up before you can sell it? Or, will you have to pay to just have it towed out of your sight?

Donating your car to the LightHouse solves all those problems for you with ease. Just call our vendor, CARS (Charitable Adult Ride Services), at their toll-free number, 1-877-537-5277 and let them know you’d like to donate your vehicle to support the LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco.

It’s This Saturday – Still a Chance to Ride in Cycle for Sight

At Cycle for Sight 2014, Team LightHouse member Kate Williams raises her arm in greeting as she and her captain enjoy the speed of a tandemOnline registration is about to close but don’t despair – you can still register for Cycle for Sight in person and ride with Team LightHouse.

Same day registration will be available onsite Saturday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. and closing at 10:00 a.m. Festival tickets can be purchased at registration tables and at the festival entry opening at 11:00 a.m. Join 2,000 cyclists and get fit while supporting Enchanted Hills!

The ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher Street – Napa, CA 94558, where the Cycle for Sight Wine and Music Festival will take place.

If you have questions, contact Tony Fletcher via email at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Get details on the race here.

Cycle for Sight Spotlight – Gena Harper


Please support Gena Harper in this year’s Cycle for Sight by sponsoring her ride.

We are thrilled to have LightHouse Board member and 2011 U.S. National Para-cycling Team member Gena Harper riding again in Cycle for Sight.

Gena is no stranger to triumph in the face of challenge. She was born with limited vision but this did not stop her from becoming Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, and Senior Investment Management Consultant at Morgan Stanley and one of the few blind people in the U. S. investment industry to win a bronze medal in the National Handicapped Ski Championships.

With her strong commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy, Gena is also a champion for Enchanted Hills Camp. She met her husband Mike May at Enchanted Hills Camp, and they married last year under the redwoods at Enchanted Hills Chapel. She got her cycling start as a tandem rider at Cycle for Sight four years ago. This year she will ride the 25 mile route with her son.

Her words of wisdom to blind cyclists? “Just do it. Get a partner and make it happen. There’s always a way. Work hard and be creative!”

Go Gena! Come out to Cycle for Sight in Napa and watch Gena fly by to her next challenge. Support her in this year’s Cycle for Sight by sponsoring her ride. Simply go to our donation page and select Cycle for Sight as your giving designation. You’ll want to put Gena’s name in the “I want my donation to be dedicated:” field.

Clock is Ticking – Last Chance to Sign Up for Cycle for Sight 2015 on April 18

Margie Donovan holds Cycle for Sight 2013 trophy surrounded by members of Team LightHouse

>>Attention LightHouse Youth – See below for special Youth Overnighter at Enchanted Hills Camp

The day is almost here. If you haven’t already, it’s time to sign up to ride in the best bike ride of the year, Cycle for Sight 2015. Cycle for Sight boasts more than 2,000 riders and provides the single biggest fundraiser for Enchanted Hills Camp. Don’t be left out. Come join the largest and most fun group of tandem riders in Northern California to have some fun, get some exercise and support EHC’s life-changing programs.

Sign up at www.cycle4sight.com as a cyclist for Team LightHouse and enjoy the beauty of Napa and the challenge of a 15, 25 or 50 mile route with 2,000 other cyclists. After the ride you’ll enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while grooving to the sounds of “Pride and Joy”.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015. The first ride starts at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Starts at Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher Street, Napa
Be sure to designate “Team LightHouse” when you register.

If you can’t ride, donate.

Thank you to Sports Basement for your sponsorship of this year’s Cycle for Sight! Sports Basement Logo: Born and Raised in SF


Special Youth Overnighter for Cycle for Sight!
LightHouse Youth ages 14 to 24 are gathering together as a force to join Team LightHouse in the annual Cycle for Sight Fundraiser, in Napa, to raise money for Enchanted Hills Camp. Each youth that registers to ride is invited to spend the night at Enchanted Hills Camp the Friday before the big event. Read about Cycle for Sight on our blog.

When: Friday, April 17 through Saturday, April 18
Depart LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 17 and return by 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18
Who: Blind and low vision youth, ages 14 to 24
To participate, please contact Jamey Gump at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.


Pilots and Blind Stokers Wanted
Are you interested in piloting a tandem bike for a blind stoker? Or are you a blind stoker in need of a pilot? Contact Tony Fletcher via email at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319 to join Team LightHouse today.

Shop for a Cause: Stella & Dot Fundraiser is a Fun Way to Support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind

Shop for a Cause: Stella & Dot Fundraiser is a Fun Way to Support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind

Join LightHouse Board Member Gena Harper and her guide dog, Yulie, at a Stella and Dot fundraiser in Davis, CA. Proceeds will go towards the transformative programs of Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Can’t make it to the party? Shop online between now and April 24th and proceeds will go to Enchanted Hills. Check out the jewelry and other items to adorn the fashionista.

When: Friday, April 3, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Vini Wine Bar, 611 2nd Street, Davis, CA