Participants in Braille Institute's Youth Program were selected to be part of this year's Rose Parade festivities. Grace Dabbieri, Evelyn Maldonado, and Jorge Gonzalez rode on the Lions Club International float on January 1st.
The theme of the 2019 Rose Parade was "The Melody of Life" which describes the outlook of these three Braille Institute students.
"We know that loss of vision doesn't mean loss of doing what you love, and our three students demonstrate such positivity and confidence through their musical and singing talents," said Peter Mindnich, President of Braille Institute. "I cannot imagine a better group of young ambassadors to help us kick off our centennial celebration. We are thankful to Lions Club International for giving our students this special opportunity. Our connection to Lions Club goes all the way back to 1925, when Hellen Keller named the Lions Knights Of The Blind for their good work to prevent blindness and help those with vision loss."
Braille Institute is celebrating its centennial in 2019. For a century, Braille Institute has been empowering people who are blind and visually impaired to lead productive, independent and fulfilling lives. They support over 37,000 people with vision loss a year, and provide over 300 classes and programs that are free of charge.
"Our students do not let vision loss define them or limit what they can do. We celebrate all of them in our centennial year!" Peter said.