In Press Release


Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Suite 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837

Five Outstanding Athletes Share Stories at the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Bring It! Dinner and Auction on February 28th


Vancouver, Washington—February 4th, 2015—Five international competitors will be featured at the annual Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) Bring it! Dinner and Auction on February 28 at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel. The evening will raise funds for sports and recreational programs that serve individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. The event is presented by the Sheffield Family. Other major sponsors include Riverview Community Bank, Waste Connections, Corwin Beverage, Columbia Credit Union, KMR Group Foundation and At Your Place Senior Care. Corporate media sponsors are The Columbian and Vancouver Business Journal.

Five motivational athletes who are blind or visually impaired will share their stories. The speakers will be long distance runner Marla Runyan, author, two-time U.S. Olympian and the first legally blind athlete to compete for the U.S. Olympic Team in track and field; Karissa Whitsell, full-time athlete and three-time Paralympic Games athlete winning several gold, silver and bronze medals; Brett Lewis, Paralympian medalist and the first American Judo competitor to win the Gold Medal in both his weight division and open division at the World Championships for the Blind; Char Cook, international dragon boat racing medalist; and James Nealey, U.S. veteran and organizer of the Boise Blaze Goalball Team.

Individual tickets are available for $75 each. Patron sponsors, which include two tickets and acknowledgement in the program, are $500. Tables of 10 are available for $1000. For tickets or more information, call 360-448-7254 or email development@nwaba.org

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to more than 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. More information is available at www.nwaba.org