Striding Toward our Peak Potential...
The Fifth Annual Peak Potential Dinner and Charity Auction – Saturday, November 22nd
2020 Vision Quest’s annual signature event--the big Peak Potential Dinner and Auction--is almost here. If this will be your first time at the event, it’s a fun, memorable evening of socializing, a delicious dinner, auctions and raffles, a brief presentation from Randy and the chance to meet Autumn—his newest companion and guide from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. (Pictured, above, from the 2013 Peak Potential event, are proud auction winners of the treasured photographic print of Quinn on the Flume summit from August, 2013...with Randy and Quinn in front.)
As usual, all Peak Potential funds raised will support 2020 Vision Quest’s own mission of helping students realize and achieve their own unique potentials; and will support our two sponsors the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) in Concord, NH and Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY.
For everything you need to know about Peak Potential, including how the auctions will work, and how to become a sponsor—go to the Peak Potential official event website. Can’t attend, but interested in helping 2020 Vision Quest? Auction item donations and event sponsorships are two other great ways to contribute to this important annual event and to support its causes.
Randy’s TedX Talk in Manchester – November 15th
As you’re probably already aware, Randy was selected for the honor of developing and delivering a “TedX Talk” on November 15th in Manchester, NH. Ted Talks are “thought-leader” presentations by public figures on a wide variety of topics, delivered to a live audience, which are recorded and then YouTube-posted for availability to a global audience.
Several forms of the TED talk have evolved since 1984, and TedX was created in the spirit of TED’s mission--“ideas worth spreading.” TedX supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community—subject to stringent standards and quality control. Randy reflects on this major upcoming event: “Being nominated is a tremendous honor and being selected is both an opportunity and a responsibility. The theme of this TedX event is “Connection,” which I believe aligns very well with our typical presentation theme: ‘Reaching Our Peak Potential.’ I’m hard at work honing the connections to our theme and building the roughly 12-minute journey for the audience. As part of my preparation, I’m listening to many other presenters to get a feel their style and delivery, as well as gaining the benefits their content delivers.”
The Bay State Marathon
Randy ran in this Lowell, MA event on October 19th after diligent training with the generous help of many willing human guides. On race day, with guides Ron and Meredith, Randy experienced 23.5 miles of great success before collapsing and having to drop out, due to his nutrition packs having dropped off his belt very early in the race.
Randy remarked afterward, “I’m disappointed, but undertaking any hard task such as this is likely to result in some setbacks. My guides and I are still really proud of the progress and experience thus far, with determination to make amends at the California International Marathon in Sacramento on December 7th. Then, on to Boston in April!”