Blind adventurer receives award

NASHUA – On Nov. 12, during a celebratory fundraising dinner that was hosted by the organization 2020 Vision Quest, the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s Client Services Committee surprised Randy Pierce of Nashua with the 2016 Jo Adcock Service Award.

Since joining the association’s Board of Directors in 2008, Pierce has shown outstanding leadership, service and commitment to educating citizens throughout New England about sight loss and overcoming obstacles and achieving through adversity.

"As the Chairman of our board, Randy continuously shares his message of optimism, and we are humbled by his many accomplishments," said David Morgan, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.

"I was both surprised and tremendously honored," said Pierce. "The reward of helping others is what most motivates me, and the incredible team of friends and supporters with whom I work are why these peaks of achievement and now kind recognition are possible. Thank you for the honor, and for being part of the team of support, which made my own journey to blindness become one of meaning and success!"

Also, as the founder and president of 2020 Vision Quest, Pierce demonstrates the power and potential of all individuals who experience sight loss, through his inspiring messages and actions. Following the creation of 2020 Vision Quest, Pierce began his tireless efforts to raise awareness of sight loss and demonstrate how those with sight loss can still have vision in life.

Like Pierce, the award’s namesake, Jo Adcock, actively served on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. From 1996 to 2007, Jo demonstrated outstanding volunteer leadership as she assisted the association in developing state-of-the-art services and programs. The Jo Adcock Service Award was established in 2007 to recognize her dedication, contributions and legacy within the field of blindness.

For more information on Randy and 2020 Vision Quest, visit www.2020visionquest.org.

For more information on the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s programs and services, call 224-4039 or visit www.sightcenter.org.

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New Hampshire Association for the Blind