With KORBEL as Official Sponsor of 100th Birthday Bash
Sea Bright, NJ | Middletown, NJ – The New Jersey Blind Citizens Association (NJBCA) commenced a year-long “Celebration of a Century” of service on Thursday at their much anticipated 100th Birthday Bash. The exclusive event, held at McLoone’s Rum Runner, commemorated 100 years of unlocking opportunities for the blind and visually impaired and was attended by the charity’s most dedicated donors and volunteers, as well as clients.
Heinz (left) and Helen (center) Wobser were among 100th Birthday Bash honorees. In 1987, Helen established NJBCA’s signature program, now known as the Wobser Day Camp.
“It was such an amazing and fun event. For my wife Barbara and me, it was the best time we’ve had all year!” said Jim Guerrieri, long-time donor and volunteer. “I am proud to be a supporter because I know this organization brings joy into the lives of people who, without the Association, would miss out on so much. It just warms my heart to be a part of it.”
Established in 1910, the NJ Blind Citizens Association impacts the lives of the blind and visually impaired every day, allowing clients to live more independently than ever. Originally a summer camp for the blind, Camp Happiness opened its doors in historic Jersey Shore style in the Highlands in 1930. Through free two-week summer vacations, campers learned to live safely without constant help – a first for many. By the late 1980’s, the level of independence of citizens with special needs reached an all time high, and the demand for year-round programs providing training, support, and more followed suit. Today, the signature Wobser Day Camp in the Leonardo section of Middletown provides daily educational and socially supportive programs including computer training, peer support groups, a fine arts program, and more.
Works of art created through the Fine Arts Program was on display at the event. The program is the most popular at NJBCA, as it provides mobility training in addition to arts education.
“I’ve been with NJBCA for almost ten years since losing my vision, and it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Without it, my life wouldn’t be what it is today,” says Charles Blood, NJBCA client. “It’s been wonderful learning through the computer program and art program, and leading through our Garden Club and as President of our Board. If our donors hadn’t stuck by us, none of this would’ve been possible.”
In addition to the generosity of attendees, the event was made possible by official sponsor KORBEL® Champagne. “KORBEL’s generosity has been unmatched, and their product just screams celebration!” said NJBCA Director of Development, Marisa Medina. “We are fortunate to have such a well-known and philanthropic company on our side.”
Oriental Trading Company, Inc. was also a generous event sponsor.
About New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, Inc. (NJBCA) www.njbca.org
Founded in 1910, NJBCA is the oldest organization of its kind in the state. With the mission of improving the lives of the blind and visually impaired economically, vocationally, educationally, and socially, NJBCA provides free programs to help clients gain independence and confidence to lead self-sufficient and productive lives. At Camp Happiness – the main campus in Leonardo – NJBCA runs a fine arts program, computer training, peer support groups, special interest clubs, and more through the Wobser Day Camp and other initiatives.