In just a few short weeks Radio Eye will be celebrating its 25th anniversary!
In 25 short years, the amazing volunteers at Radio Eye have helped us grow from just serving Lexington, to expanding to over 40 counties across Kentucky.
We went from our starter space at the University of Kentucky to our bright and cozy studios at the Northside Library.
We are so thankful for all the love, support, donations, and time that thousands of people have given us throughout the years, and in honor of that, we are hosting a very special event we have dubbed Night for Sight!
This will be a casino night with all sorts of fun games ranging from Blackjack to Texas Hold 'Em to Roulette. We decided on a casino theme to keep everything light hearted and fun.
In order to be inclusive to not only our volunteers but also our loyal listeners, we have purchased specialty playing cards that are large print! We are working with our contacts in the Blind Services Coalition to secure Braille playing cards, in case someone were to need those as well.
The event will take place on November 6th, 2015, from 6-10 PM, at the Round Barn at Red Mile. There will be hearty appetizers, drinks, and a cash bar. The dress is Cocktail Casual.
Our attendees will receive fun money to play with, with the option to buy more if Lady Luck is being coy, and the chance to use their winnings to bid on prizes!
Tickets are regularly $50 â€“ and only $40 for Radio Eye volunteers, and $25 for our listeners. Tickets are on sale now at www.nightforsight.radioeye.org or by calling 859-422-6390.
This event is open to everyone so bring a friend and spread the word. We want this event to be one for our memory wall. Please see Amy or Lucy with any questions or comments â€“ and thank you for helping use provide radio reading services for 25 years!
Did you know that you could be making a little extra cash, just by volunteering with Radio Eye? We are partners with The Community Action Council, and they have a program called the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older adults with opportunities to serve their communities. RSVP also provides mileage reimbursement (up to $21) just for driving to their volunteer site.
The requirements to be in this program are: You have to be over 55, have a valid license, and current insurance.
Once you're signed up, you don't have to worry about keeping track of your volunteering â€“ Radio Eye does that for you.
We currently have one volunteer who donates his mileage check back to Radio Eye, making him a member of the Broadcasting Society, our monthly donor club! If you're interested, please see Lucy for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our Celebrity Readers!
Continuing on with the celebration, Radio Eye brought back the beloved Celebrity Reader Week tradition, which was held this year September 14th â€“ 20th.
For eight years, with the exception of 2014, we have invited local "celebrities" into the studios to raise awareness about Radio Eye. We always invite the amazing publishers who donate so much of our content, our broadcasting partners, local politicians, radio and TV personalities, and other community allies.
This year we were joined by over 20 people including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and the publisher of the Herald-Leader, Rufus Friday. We were thankful to have so many supportive individuals come in and gave over 30 hours of their time.
With their support we were able to have readers for both the Herald-Leader and the Courier Journal, as well as special Kentucky Series and other material. Thank you so much to our special Celebrity Readers!
We look forward to next year!
A sampling of our celebrity readers pictured above.
Top left: Mayor Jim Gray with Amy Hatter
Top Right: Councilmember Shevawn Akers with Megan Hensley
Middle Right: Councilmember Jennifer Scuthfield with Radio Eye volunteer Frank Lewis
Bottom Right: Senator Reggie Thomas
Bottom Left: Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeperâ€™s Daughter
Thank you so much to our Night For Sight sponsors!
Four of a Kind
Thank you to our Donors!
Silver Supporters $5,000 to $14,999
Good Samaritan Foundation, a Ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky
Bronze Supporters $2,500 to $4,999
Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation
Lexington Clinic Foundation
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Beacon $100/month or $1,000/year
Second Presbyterian Church
Transformer $50/month or $500/year
Ron and Susan Byars
Downtown Lexington Corporation
Edna C. Fischer
Saint Joseph Hospital
William Rogers Beasley
Transmitter $25/month or $250/year
Bank of the Bluegrass &Trust Co.
Gary and Alice Dehner
Pucciniâ€™s Smiling Teeth
Radio $10/month or $100/year
Berea Lions Club
Bonita Brewer Mullis
Annette and Derriel Castle
Margaret and Philip Chase
Anne M. Combs
Dan and Carmen Heijmans-Poorman
Lee Holmes Marge Holmes Ned and Marlene James Melanie Kilpatrick KPR, Bluegrass East Chapter John and Eva LaRue Lexington South Lions Club Charles and Carolyn Lindquist Link-Belt Construction Equipment Thomas Lutes Preston Madden Mel and Madalyn Moser Roger Paige and Sara Schoenberg Bob Rogers Sampler Publications Walker Sloan Jim and Christine Vanderhoof Laurance B. VanMeter Gary and Fernita Wallace Blanca and Walter Ward Wilmore Lioness Club
Friends $1 to $99
Neil Chethik and Kelly Flood
Sheryl and Wendell Eddings
Judy and Joe Engelberg
Gary and Duave Goss
John and Joyce Hahn
Valerie and Michael Huggins
Mary Belle Hughes
Nancy and Phillip Hoffman
Richard L. Marshall
Martha and William Martin
Maxwell Street Literary Society
Maysville Lions Club
Joyce and Gary Rogers
Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Sisk
Emma Jean Starns
Sara and Tommy Sutton
Frank and Carol Vaughan
Ray and Susan Ware
In Memory Of
Charles E. Armstrong by Jessie Armstrong
Bruce Bissmeyer by
Reynaldo and Joan Arias
Jane and Ella Creech
Don and Myra Rouse
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bringardner by Anne Bringardner Graham
Ralph Cotton by Reba Cotton
Bill Ewadinger by Frankie and Randy Daniel
Paulina Hurst by Hope Hurst Lanham
Ed Raque by Joan Kmetz
John Settles by Norma and Dwayne Mattingly
Nancy Steinmiller by Frankie and Randy Daniel
In Honor Of
Melynda Bissmeyer by Michael Plewa
Al Crabb by Jean Pival
Scott Hofmeister by Kay Hofmeister Helen Rajkovich by Marco and Kathleen Rajkovich
Patricia Rand by Joseph Turley and Maureen Peters
Philip Rose by Patsy and Jerry Rose
Marjory Zimmerman by Laura Zimmerman
Includes donations received May 1 â€“ October 5, 2015