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Council of the Blind event set for April 28-29 in Gainesville
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Georgia Council of the Blind Convention & Conference

When: Welcome reception 7-9 p.m. April 28, exhibit hall 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29

Cost: $15 for food at April 28 reception, free April 29

Where: 400 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville

The Greater Hall County Area Chapter of the Georgia Council of the Blind will be hosting the 2017 Georgia Council of the Blind Convention & Conference at the Ramada Inn Gainesville Lanier Centre on April 28-29.

This is the first time Gainesville has hosted the convention since the late 1980s, Hall County Chapter President Dianne Roberts said.

Matt Simpson, a Georgia native who won a silver medal with the U.S. men’s goalball team at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, will be the guest speaker when the event begins with a welcome reception from 7-9 p.m. April 28. Hor d’oeuvres will be served, so RSVPs are encouraged by calling Roberts at 770-932-1112. Admission is $15 per person at the door.

A live auction will be held at the end of the reception for theme-filled baskets and items donated by GCB chapters and members.

Roberts said the group is encouraging visually impaired students to come to the weekend’s events.

A free exhibit hall will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29. The exhibit hall will feature more than 10 companies and organizations that provide products and services to the blind and visually impaired. Representatives will be available to present their products, as well as provide information and answer questions.

Other activities will include a guided tour of the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University, a tandem biking event in midtown Gainesville and inspirational speakers. Among the speakers will be Mike Wofford, owner and general manager of WGTJ GLORY1330 AM radio station in Gainesville.

Georgia Council of the Blind is a nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to improving the lives of Georgians with vision loss through peer support, education, rehabilitation and vocational opportunities for more than 60 years. GCB has nine chapters statewide. The Greater Hall County Area Chapter was started in 1997.

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