Thanks for sharing this Sila. I was there to hear Paloma's acceptance speech
and it brought tears to my eyes. She is a true advocate for children who are
blind and the need for a children's program!
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Sila Miller
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2015 7:42 PM
Subject: [tabi] Fw: Paula Baily 2015 speakers & award
Thanks to John for sharing the below. Great news! Way to go, Miss Paloma.
Thanks for advocating on behalf of all of us!
Neil Rambana and I are beyond words. Lighthouse of the Big Bend and Jennifer
Crowder have supported Paloma since she was two months old and even after
she was no longer eligible for services due to the funding gap. We were
honored to be tonight's keynote speakers and share our love for Lighthouse
with tonight's sold out Dining in the Dark crowd.
More excitingly, Paloma received the Paula Bailey Inspirational Community
Member Award! She is the first child recipient ever to be bestowed with
this honor. One of the requirements for the award is the "ability to invoke
positive emotion and action in others." She has certainly done that and
more. We are very proud of Paloma's accomplishments and thankful for all
that Lighthouse of the Big Bend and Miss Jennifer do for all of those with
blindness and vision loss. We are also grateful to our families, friends and
God for the help and support over the last ten amazing years!