We reached our peak!
In this season of gratitude, we're thankful for everyone who made this year's Peak Potential our most successful event ever — and to all of you who support the mission of 2020 Vision Quest. Check out our new video about this year's event!
Thanks to you, we were able to increase our annual donations to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind to an incredible $25,000 each!
The Seven Summits of Peak Potential
Nashua’s Courtyard by Marriott Ballroom, well two of them actually, filled with the energy of more than 200 friends and supporters of our mission in grand fashion for our Seventh Annual Peak Potential Dinner and Auction! Elite hikers often seek the 'Seven Summits' which are the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents. Attendees brought celebration and philanthropy together for a tour of the first seven years of achievement by the 2020 Vision Quest Charity. We cannot possibly thank the community of friends, donors, sponsors and volunteers sufficiently and yet as Randy promised from the podium we’ll continue to try both directly and in the work of our mission.
David Morgan, President and CEO of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, shared his insight into the need and opportunity as well as tremendous work for his organization which we support. He also surprised Randy by announcing him as the recipient of the Jo Adcock Service Award.
Michele Croteau, a third grade teacher from the Marston School in Hampton, NH, shared her experiences with seven years of inviting the 2020 Vision Quest School Educational programs to visit her school. Her words were a powerful testament to the positive impact our messages provide in encouraging students to believe in themselves, to overcome challenges and use goal to help positively improve their lives. The lessons of each visit are recalled all year long and she suggested more than the students have appreciated the core mission we bring with our programs.
As Michele stepped down, Randy took the guests on a tour of the first seven years of highlights and challenges. We always hope to enhance the connection of our friends and supporters to the full range of our mission. Each year is a pillar upon which our legacy will stand. The journey brought laughs, smiles and a few tears as well as some worthy reflections on methods to approach the most challenging times. The most recent year brought the harsh realities of medical challenges with a resolve to persevere where appropriate and to adjust a few necessary goals. We proudly delivered our presentations to more than 10,000 students bringing our total to just shy of 54,000 since our inception. We delivered donations of $20,000 to each of our supported Charities, the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This brings our total donations over $200,000!
Finally in the interest of creating forward positive momentum, we announced our inaugural annual "2020 Visionary" award. With a heartfelt sharing of his journey into eye health challenge with emphasis on the remarkable care provided by Dr. John J. Dagianis, Randy presented the award: In recognition of humanitarian achievement in guiding others toward their peak potential, exemplifying the quintessence of the 2020 Vision Quest mission.
Ultimately the event is a Fund Raiser to support the work we undertake and in that regard our celebrations led well to philanthropy. None more prominent than the “Hindsight” Matching gift program provided by Jose and Kristen Acevedo. When the Silent auction, live auction raffles and other generous support was complete we were humbled by how well our mission resonates withour community. We’ll share more details along the journey but for now the signs are clear that we reached a remarkable summit with the event but foremost by the community we have built together.
Thank you all!