What is 2020 Vision Quest?

We lead and inspire students and professionals to reach their peak potential while providing financial support for crucial vision services.

2020 Vision Quest supports two organizations—NH Association for the Blind, and the internationally renowned Guiding Eyes for the Blind—to help ensure that life-changing services for the blind may always continue.

Learn more about 2020 Vision Quest

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" ...it rocked the entire audience of 130 people. There were farmers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists from young to old... Everyone felt that Randy was talking to them. It was a profound experience."
– Celeste Barr, Beaver Brook Association

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Your tax-deductible donation helps to raise and train dog guides, reach out to young people, and maintain services for blind people in New Hampshire. Any amount is welcome.

photo shows Randy at the podium addressing a very large crowd at the 11/14 Sixth Annual Peak Potential Dinner and Charity Auction. Video screens with a Kilimanjaro image are to either side of Randy.


12/1 - Randy at NH Technical Institute, Concord NH - Sweeny Hall Auditorium, 6pm

12/2 - Randy at Langley-Adams Library - Groveland MA 6pm

12/6 - Run California International Marathon - Sacramento

2020 Vision Quest calendar

​Peak Potential: The Rear View Mirror...and Charging into 2016!

11/15: This is your on-the-scene correspondent—Rick Stevenson—with a next-day report on the big Peak Potential Dinner and Charity Auction event. Early this coming week, you’ll also see a guest blog post that will give another attendee’s perspective, but below is a recap of what I saw and heard last night.


First, let me explain that I’m a member of the 2020 Vision Quest volunteer staff, which I joined in early 2013. The reasons why I joined the team at that time—choosing to give my time and efforts to benefit this charitable organization—remain the same nearly three years later. There’s the fairly obvious first reason: I’d been seeking a new interesting, compelling, non-profit organization that could use the time and abilities I thought I could offer. One that I could take pride in and feel fulfilled by supporting. But there was and still is, also, a selfish rationale to my choice. Simply put, working on 2020 projects, I hoped to find an effort where I could keep learning and being reminded of important life lessons along the way. I’ve found that here with 2020, I get that learning and those reminders not only from Randy…but also from his other staff and board members, with virtually every single professional and personal interaction we have. It’s an incredibly positive, talented, and energizing group of people who all happen to reflect themes often expressed by Randy to you—the 2020 audience at large—not just school students but adults of all ages as well. Themes like striving to make the best choices; setting challenging, interesting goals; focusing on the good people—the “helpers”—in times of darkness like Paris just earlier this weekend; managing rather than avoiding risk; and perhaps most important of all, that you get out what you put in.

​Peak Potential Recap and News

Now, on to a report from last night at the Puritan Backroom Conference Center in Manchester. As usual the room was full, and brimming with positivity and fun. And just in case there wasn’t enough of that, it never hurts to also have a half-dozen or so of the cutest Guiding Eyes for the Blind pups on earth attending the dinner with their humans. The Puritan venue—new host to 2020 for Peak Potential—was excellent, including its meals and service.

Randy delivered a brief, inspiring presentation reviewing many memorable events from the past year—with photos and videos—culminating in the amazing Kilimanjaro adventure. Dozens of interesting and exciting silent auction items were offered and won last night, as well as these live-auction prizes auctioned by Randy, assisted by Tracy:

- Breakfast at the City Room in Nashua for several people ($100 in value) with Randy, Tracy, and Autumn.

- A Manchester NH “night on the town” for two—tickets to the Boston Pops at the Verizon Center on 12/12, with limo service and dinner at the Puritan Backroom.

- Seven nights at a beautiful condo near Orlando FL attractions, for up to 8 people, in late April 2016. Dates and exact location partially negotiable.

And here are the key news items and announcements from last night:

- Randy’s guide for the 2014 California International Marathon last December was Jose Acevedo. Jose is unable to run this year’s early December event, but Peter Houde will make the trip with Randy and serve in that role. (Peter, with wife Christine, successfully guided Randy in the 2015 Boston Marathon.)

- Randy will run Boston 2016 with Jose Acevedo as guide!

- Randy proudly presented matching checks from 2020 Vision Quest last night—one to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) and one to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB)—each in the amount of $20,200!

- Randy will soon begin writing a book! He’s begun exploring publishing and self-publishing options, but either way, he’ll begin writing in earnest in January. Watch this space for details of this plan in the near future.

From the Blog

*Thanksgiving at the 2020 Vision Quest hearth*

- Randy expresses his thanks for all the support of the community that helps to make the 2020 Vision Quest mission possible. Read more

*6th Annual Peak Potential Dinner and Charity Auction Gala Event 2015*

- Guest blogger Michelle Russell describes her experience at 2020 Vision Quest's biggest Peak Potential event yet. Read more

*The many gifts of our school presentations*

- Inspiration can come from many places. Randy talks this week about his recent week of presentations at schools in northern New England and how the experience has helped to rejuvenate and inspire him. Read more

*Overwhelmed and Taking it in Stride*

- As Randy tries to catch up with his many responsibilities in the wake of his Kilimanjaro trip, he shares some ways of coping with feeling overwhelmed--and has a request for you too! Read more

*Guest Blog: A Different Kind of Quest*

- Guest blogger Jose Acevedo shares a powerful personal story about a different type of climb, from the depths of depression to bold new heights. Read more

*Autumn's World Tour -- Fact and Fantasy!*

- While Tracy and Randy headed to Africa, Autumn had adventures both real and virtual! Read more

Yes! We are definitely still logging miles for our Mighty Quinn.

Log my miles #miles4quinn

Welcome, Autumn!

Autumn in harness smiles up at the camera.

Randy's new guide dog has entered our lives and charmed our hearts. Learn more about Autumn here.

How does a sightless man climb a mountain?

See a 15-minute documentary film about Randy and 2020 Vision Quest's July 4th climb of Mount Washington. Teaser video of Blind Ambition
Watch the "Blind Ambition" trailer

2020 DVDs still available!

We are proud to announce Extended Availability of the 2020 VisionQuest DVD "Four More Feet" documenting Randy and Quinn's Historic Winter 48 Hikes! DVD ordering instructions, along with the download for the Descriptive Video Service, can be found at the following link.

Get a copy of "Four More Feet"
Support the Vision! Visit our online gift shop. All profits support our charitable mission.