Baltimore, MD

President's Message
Mindy Kaplan


Welcome,

Thank you for your interest in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ (FFB) Baltimore chapter. Our chapter is one of over 40 Foundation chapters nationwide. Through the chapter we offer not only the education and support to help you as an affected person or the loved one of someone affected by inherited retinal disease, we also share the tools you’ll need to promote the FFB mission to your family, friends, businesses and the surrounding community.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds that drive the research to find cures, treatments, and preventions for the spectrum of inherited retinal diseases that lead to blindness. Until that exciting and celebratory day when we find a cure for these sight stealing conditions there is much we can do to support those affected by vision loss and to advance the science.

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Chapter Presentations & Events


12/10 – Baltimore Chapter Social
Sip, Snack, Share, Socialize – Join members of the Baltimore Chapter for a casual afternoon of good company, storytelling, idea sharing, and technology demonstration at the Caplan Household! Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a 50/50 sweepstakes and bid on multiple specialty door prizes! Light refreshments to be provided.

Date – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time – 2:00 p.m.
Location – Mindy & David Caplan’s Home
RSVPs – Due by Wednesday, December 6

Please RSVP to Mindy at Mindydc@verizon.net – she will give you directions to her home. See you there!


3/18 – Baltimore Center Stage “Show & Touch”
Take the spotlight with us this spring for an audio descriptive performance of George Orwell’s classic American novel, Animal Farm. Arrive early for an exclusive backstage “Touch Tour” to really get a feel for the props and costumes used during the show.

Date – Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time – Touch Tour will commence from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Show starts at 2:00 p.m.)
Location – Baltimore Center Stage (700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)
Tickets - $40 (Please call Mindy Caplan at 410-653-3609 to purchase your ticket)

Audio Description and assistive listening headsets are available from the Box Office at no charge with a photo ID.
Large print and braille programs are available from the Box Office at no charge. For more information on the accessibility services provided by Baltimore Center Stage, please visit their website HERE.


3/25 – VisionWalk Kickoff
There’s nothing better than a Sunday Kickoff, but we’re not talking about football! Come out and help us kickoff the Baltimore VisionWalk this March. Get ready to hear special presentations from unique guest speakers and receive all the VisionWalk materials you’ll need to prepare for this June’s main event. We're back to our old tricks - Eggspectation in Ellicott City is where we'll be gathering!

  • Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Location: Eggspectation - Ellicott City (6010 University Blvd, Ellicott City)
  • Registration starts: 1:30 p.m.
  • Program starts: 2:00 p.m.

Complete our RSVP form HERE!

Or send your RSVPs to Connor Archibald at CArchibald@FightBlindness.org or (410) 423-0618. We will send you everything you need.


VisionWalk Update


11th Annual Baltimore VisionWalk

Summer will be here before we know it, and so will our 11th Annual Baltimore VisionWalk! Our fundraising goal for 2018 is $124,000 – together, we will have no trouble exceeding it and inching ever closer to the cure that is in sight! How will we follow-up our milestone achievement of $1 million in ten years?

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Location: Latrobe Park & Fort McHenry National Monument
Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 10:00 a.m.

Visit our official website to get started, and contact your Baltimore VisionWalk Team with any questions or requests. Check out the full photo album from our 2017 celebration on our Facebook page by clicking HERE. If you would like a specific picture emailed to you, please contact CArchibald@FightBlindness.org.


Local Updates


For all of our theatre enthusiasts, Baltimore Center Stage has provided the following updates:

Here is a list of scheduled pre-show Touch Tours followed by an Audio Description:

Sun Nov 19 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Shakespeare in Love
Sun Dec 17 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Lookingglass Alice
Sun Feb 18 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Skeleton Crew
Sun Mar 18 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Animal Farm
Sun May 27 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – TBA [musical]
**NOTE: Audio description can be provided for ANY performance (Mainstage, or not), if given three days’ notice.


Touch Tours allow patrons to feel the costumes, props, and/or sets used in the show. Conversation with the production, artistic, and/or dramaturgy team is also included.
Touch Tours begin an hour and a half prior to the show and end a half hour before the show (i.e. 12:30-1:30pm and 6:00-7:00pm).

Audio Description and assistive listening headsets are available from the Box Office at no charge with a photo ID.
Large print and braille programs are available from the Box Office at no charge.

If you have any further questions or concerns, call the Box Office at 410-332-0033, or email access@centerstage.org.


Video Links


Watch: Dealing with the Diagnosis - Mom's Perspective
Watch: My RP Retinitis Pigmentosa v2


Tech Talk


Amazon Smile

Get online and type in AMAZONSMILE.COM to shop and raise funds for FFB! Amazon has a program that enables you to shop and donate 0.5% percent of your purchase to your favorite organization. All you need to do is go to AmazonSmile.com and set up your account with the organization you would like to support. Then you can donate your shopping to the FFB, on the screen where it says other organizations, type in Foundation Fighting Blindness and hit the SEARCH button. Then a list of organizations will pop up, make sure it is the one that on the right hand side of the screen reads, Columbia, Maryland, founded 1971. Then go to the right hit the button, and you are now registered to shop and donate to FFB! 


Contact Us


Get involved and make a difference to a loved one or friend.  Become a member of the Baltimore Chapter. Help us to educate, raise awareness and aid in raising funds for research. Get involved! Contact Baltimore Chapter.

Mindy Caplan
Chapter President

Baltimore@FightBlindness.org

Kelsey Miller
Event Manager
(410) 423-0645
KMiller@FightBlindness.org

Mary Ann Subleski
Director, Chapter Development
(847) 680-0100
MSubleski@FightBlindness.org

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