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

Book a presentation

Invite Randy to speak at your school or organization!

" ...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

Support our mission

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.

Scene near the podium from the 2014 Peak Potential dinner: Some 15 to 20 volunteer puppy raisers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and five of their potential future Dog Guides, line up across the front of the room for a fun group photograph.

#miles4quinn

Our community has logged
12,787
miles
as of Sun. Nov. 23rd!

Log my miles

Did you walk, run, bike, or otherwise undertake healthy miles today? Dedicate them to the Mighty Quinn!

Learn more about #miles4quinn

Higher Peaks...More Potential!

Another Peak Potential is in the books and this fifth annual dinner/auction was a smashing success by all accounts. It feels like the peaks for 2020 Vision Quest are getting progressively more ambitious and the potential keeps growing with no sign of a slowdown.

The roomful of attendees mingled and caught up with each other during hors d'oeuvres and cocktails before dinner, also touring the tables to place bids on some of the 54 (!) enticing silent-auction items. All then enjoyed meals of either prime rib, pan-roasted salmon, or a grilled vegetable and risotto plate, followed by choice remarks from Randy about the eventful past year and what might lie ahead for the 2020 Vision Quest community and team. Randy even challenged every single attendee not just to seek ways to help 2020--but also to personally tell him of ways in which he could help them in the future. Next came a rousing four-figure 50/50 raffle and a levity-filled live auction. Wisecracking Auctioneer Randy, with able assistant Tracy, worked the roomful of supporters deftly (yes, even Table 10 and five tables of Randy's UNH fraternity brothers) to sell off great items like an Incredibrew wine tasting for 20 to 30 friends; a Loon Mountain winter getaway for four; a Guiding Eyes for the Blind “Trainer for a Day” overnight package for a visit to their Yorktown Heights NY headquarters campus; and a night on the town (Portsmouth NH) including limo, show, dinner and drinks, and a special bottle of wine crafted by Randy and Tracy in 2010.

One other highlight near the end of the evening involved the tables of volunteer puppy raisers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and their potential future Dog Guides coming to the front of the room for an exciting, lively photo pose (see above image)!

Gratitude -- There are a great many to thank for helping make this event a huge success once again. They include, but are not limited to:

Platinum Sponsor – the Bank of New Hampshire
Gold Sponsor – Jose and Kristen Acevedo
Silver Sponsors – Amy Tierce and Wintrust Mortgage, and the Hudson NH Lions Club
Photography – Green Photography
Event Venue – The Derryfield
Peak Potential Team of Staff & Volunteers – Erin DesMarais, Sarah Toney, Robbie Walton, Jess Griffin, Beth Foote, Krista Taylor, Monty Rodriguez, Tracy and Randy Pierce...with assists from Gia Bonilla, Karen and Rick Pierce, and guests who stepped up to help many times throughout!
Special thanks to Rachel Morris who created this event and built it to its peak potential for the first four years.
All attendees, supporters from the 2020 Vision Quest community, auction bidders, and generous providers of auction items

From the Blog

Paying it forward: Thoughts on Peak Potential 2014

- Our 5th annual Peak Potential went off with great success! Guest blogger Kim Kett Johnson offers thoughts on her experience at this year's event. Read more

A few moments with Bud

- Randy shares a few memories of his father on the anniversary of his passing. Read more

Veterans Day isn't so special!

- Or is it? How do you honor Veterans Day? This week Randy shares his thoughts about the importance of this holiday. Read more

The time is now for your part in our 5th Annual Peak Potential

- Our 2014 Peak Potential charity dinner and auction is fast approaching. Will we see you there? Read more

California International Marathon: Coast to Coast, the Blind/VI Runners Share a Common Vision

- Randy shares his plans for his next running adventure: the California International Marathon. Read more

Randy to speak at TEDx--Are you on board?

- Randy will give a TEDx talk in Manchester, NH on November 15! Learn more in this week's blog. Read more
Picture showing Randy and Quinn climbing Mt. Monroe in the winter, Quinn holding his head majestically up in the air.

We Salute and Honor the Marvelous Mighty Quinn
12/11/04 — 1/20/14

Farewell Quinn – We are all so fortunate to have had you touch our lives. Your love, devotion, perseverance and playfulness are held ever so warmly in our hearts. You enriched my life in so many wonderful ways well beyond the incredible Guide work for which you were trained. The heights we climbed, the lives you changed and the vacancy you leave are unimaginably immense. I hurt and grieve your loss intensely. I promise to honor you and the gifts you gave to me, Tracy and our world. I love you my beloved boy and I am in the company of so many who will feel similarly.

Read our Blog entry for more information about Quinn and some great stories about his amazing life.

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.