Corvette Car Show to Benefit Visually Impaired

San Diego, CA, July 21, 2007 --( San Diego Center for the Blind will receive proceeds from Main Street America, a charity car show presented by the Corvette Owners Club of San Diego on July 29, 2007 at the Embarcadero Park North near Seaport Village. Founded over fifty years ago and one of the oldest active Corvette clubs in the world, the Corvette Owners Club of San Diego has held its annual benefit car show for 11 years. This year, vehicles will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Last year’s event drew over three hundred presenting vehicles and netted over $12,000 for the San Diego Center for the Blind.

“It was the most successful of our car shows to date,” said Charles Stankovich, chair of the event. “The Club is expecting more participation this year as we’ve worked hard to expand our registrations.”

As beneficiary of the annual event, San Diego Center for the Blind dates its founding back to1972. Comprehensive services are located at facilities on El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego and also in Vista for north county residents. Programs are individually tailored and include activities for daily living such as cooking, computer, exercise, Braille and sensory awareness classes.

Anticipating additional demands for services, SDCB executive director Kim Gibbens announced an expansion project which will help keep pace with more demanding community needs. Project costs are estimated at $2 million.

“Renovation of a newly acquired site adjacent to the current San Diego facility along with changes to our current site will allow introduction of more programs,” said Gibbens. “The Corvette Owners Club of San Diego has been a loyal supporter of our efforts over the years and we hope to continue our relationship with this stellar organization.”

Event pre-registration for participants is $20 and the form is available for download at Parking assignments are based on date of registration and vehicle check-in is 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Attendance is free to the public.

San Diego Center for the Blind, a non-profit organization, is the county’s only community-based rehabilitation program, serving over 2,000 clients annually in two locations, San Diego and Vista. An array of programs and services enable blind and visually impaired San Diegans to regain skills for daily living, employment and mobility. It is estimated that more than 104,466 persons who are 55 years or older in San Diego County are blind or vision impaired. As the population ages, this number is expected to grow exponentially as the “Baby Boomer” population enters this high risk group for vision loss. At the Center, more than 85 percent of every dollar raised directly funds client programs. For information about programs and volunteer opportunities, call the San Diego Center at (619) 583-1542 or the Vista Center at (760) 758-5956.

For Information, Contact:

Dennis P. Smith, Ph.D.
(619) 583-1542
619) 823-8373 mobile
Cheryl Bradstreet
CB Communications
(619) 692-0952

San Diego Center for the Blind
Cheryl Bradstreet