The fourth year of 2020 Vision Quest’s existence was a successful and gratifying one in many ways. Some of the highlights:
Fourth Annual Peak Potential Fundraising Dinner raises $20,000 – The fourth annual Peak Potential dinner, held once again at Manchester’s Derryfield, filled the beautiful function room and set a record-high net earning of $20,000 for 2020 Vision Quest. A framed and enhanced version of the image of Quinn just above became a clear highlight of the night, as generous auction bidders and Quinn lovers competed to take home copies of this spectacular August photograph from the Flume summit. Special thanks go to veteran 2020 volunteer staffer and Board member Rachel Morris, who has run Peak Potential for all four years to steadily increasing levels of attendance, community fun, and fundraising success.
Completion of the non-winter NH 48 4Ks – When 2020 Vision Quest formed in July of 2010, Randy set as a key organizational goal his team’s all-season summiting of all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks by the year 2020. The team led by Randy and Quinn then completed this amazing feat on August 24th of this year, only 37 months later and some seven years ahead of schedule. Randy is the first blind person ever to complete this feat, and Quinn the first Guide Dog.
School Presentations Reach 28,000-Student Mark – in 2013 Randy and Quinn continued carrying a vital 2020 Vision Quest message to school children of all ages: to believe in potential and ability—most importantly their own. By the end of November the Randy/Quinn team had reached a cumulative total of over 28,000 students visited in New Hampshire and Massachusetts schools since beginning these presentations, and this educational outreach aspect of 2020 Vision Quest is likely to grow even faster in 2014.
Commencement and Keynote Addresses – In 2013 Randy had the opportunity to deliver commencement addresses at White Mountains Community College (Berlin, NH) and Colebrook Academy (Colebrook, NH), as well as 12 keynote addresses and presentations to corporations and community gatherings—carrying the messages of empowerment, human potential and personal goal-setting to several hundred young adults and business community leaders from throughout New England and beyond.
Descriptive Video of “Four More Feet” documentary released – Following on the heels of the exciting September 2012 release of the original DVD chronicling Randy and Quinn’s single-winter-season summiting of the New Hampshire 48, this past August the video’s producer made it possible for us to bring this story to you in significant new ways. With Dina Sutin’s considerable talent and dedication, she integrated Descriptive Video Service (DVS) into the DVD in order to deliver the experience more powerfully to the blind and visually impaired communities. Better still, the audio track of the movie with the description included has been made available for free download for everyone.
Delivery of $20,200 checks to both NHAB and Guiding Eyes for the Blind – 2020 Vision Quest is extremely gratified and proud to have been able to pass along $40,400, in 2013 alone, to these two vital benevolent organizations. The average costs incurred by Guiding Eyes for the Blind in training a single guide dog total $45,000. The New Hampshire Association for the Blind encounters a wide variety of costs for a broader spectrum of service and support activities it undertakes. Not only is our vision priceless, but so are the skills we can learn and the tools we can use to help us live better despite vision loss…thanks to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.
Four Sponsors Join the 2020 Vision Quest Team – Over the past year we have had the great fortune to be joined by Platinum Sponsor Digital Federal Credit Union (Marlborough, MA), Gold Sponsors The Bank of New Hampshire (Laconia, NH) and Fairway Mortgage Corporation (Needham, MA), and Bronze Sponsor Dyn (Manchester, NH).
The mighty wonderful Quinn exemplifies so much of the 2020 Vision Quest mission through his loving guidance, determination, focus and fun. Even in facing his cancer, the way he has carried himself has showcased his stoic strength. It has also affirmed the breadth and depth of the community of appreciation and support for all of his efforts. 2020 Vision Quest will attempt in 2014 to further strengthen that community and to accomplish even more in pursuit of our mission. The significant changes and challenges ahead will require strength, courage, perseverance and the sustained support of those who understand and believe in the work we continually try to achieve. While it certainly won’t be easy without Quinn, just as certainly it won’t be possible without you.