Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Blind jazz pianist and composer Justin Kauflin will headline Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey’s benefit concert, “Just Jazz4,’’ on Friday, May 20, at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre.

Justin Kauflin

Justin Kauflin

Kauflin, a Quincy Jones protégé, has produced two CDs that received rave reviews, and he stars in the award-winning documentary, “Keep on Keepin’ On,’’ about his relationship with the late Clark Terry, a jazz trumpeter who was his mentor.

“We are honored to host Justin Kauflin, an incredible role model and talented musician who demonstrates that people can achieve greatness, with or without sight,’’ said Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey Executive Director Kris Marino.

Denville-based Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey, formerly the NJ Foundation for the Blind, is one of the longest-serving nonprofits for people with profound vision loss in New Jersey, and has helped more than 50,000 people over its 73-year history.

Vision Loss Alliance teaches adults techniques to overcome the challenges of sight loss and promotes their emotional and physical wellness in a friendly, supportive environment. It offers the only comprehensive, nonresidential vision rehabilitation program for adults in New Jersey.

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“This excellent non-profit organization does a terrific job in providing services and programs for vision-impaired people in Morris County and across the state,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, who is the county governing board’s liaison on human services issues.

At the May 20th event, American Foundation for the Blind President and CEO Carl R. Augusto will receive the Distinguished Visionary Leader Award for improving the lives of people with profound vision loss.

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey also will honor Investors Bank Vice President-Director of Community Development Ada Melendez-McGuinness with the Community Outreach Award.

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In addition, two longtime members of Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees will be honored: Board Chair Sally Hudson will receive the Leadership Award and Iris Torres, who retired as executive director in 2010 and served as chair of the board, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Tickets are $50 and include food and wine. To purchase tickets, inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or get more information, visit: vlanj.org/events or call 973-627-0055, ext. 323, or email Nina McCormack at [email protected]

ABOUT VISION LOSS ALLIANCE OF NEW JERSEY
Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) that provides practical training and emotional support to help those who have experienced profound vision loss regain self-esteem and self-reliance. Since its founding in 1943, Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey has used a holistic approach to empower those with profound vision loss to live engaged, productive and independent lives. Visit www.vlanj.org for more information