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Fireflies bring back memories of unforgettable experiences as a kid. Adventure around the neighborhood at dusk. Summer camp between the mess hall and late-night bonfires.

The Firefly Social fundraiser helps sustain and grow programs and camps for kids in the Charlotte metro area who are blind or have vision challenges. Charlotte Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) programs create opportunities and help level the playing field with their sighted peers – all while giving them unforgettable experiences.

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And Charlotte SEE program participants LOVE new experiences. Whether it is a field trip, trying a new sport, or making a fun new craft – theyʼre are always up for an adventure.

In the spirit of summer camp, join us at Byronʼs South End on August 13th, 2020 for the Firefly Social. Allison Latos, news anchor at WSOC will host our evening. Weʼre planning dinner, drinks and unique experiences for all your senses to explore, plus a great silent auction!

SEE PROGRAMS AND CAMPS CHANGE LIVES

After School

SEE After School in Charlotte links K-12 students who are blind or visually impaired to a wide range of curriculum-focused programs that combine arts and crafts, music, cooking, assistive technology, and independent living skills to foster independence. Partnerships with local churches and schools ensure participants have the opportunities to engage with the Charlotte community. SEE After School helps boost self-esteem, builds confidence and develops skills for work and life.

Summer Camps

SEE Camps are located across NC and focus on building confidence, creating adventure and teaching life skills such as cooking, crafts, shopping and use of technology. We also enjoy teaching theater and outdoor activities. Staff includes certified teachers for the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists. For many students, this is an opportunity to learn from the life experiences of adults with adults with blindness and visual impairment.

About IFB Solutions

People are at the center of everything IFB Solutions does. They are at the heart of our mission, and they are the foundation of our heritage. IFB Solutions operates and fundraises SEE Programs and Camps, and for more than 80 years, IFB Solutions has created innovative programs and projects for people who are blind or visually impaired. These programs and camps are 100% philanthropically supported and the generosity of partners like you helps provide independence and better quality of life for the people we serve.

For many growing up with visual impairments, opportunities for independent living skills, training and interaction with peers and adults with similar challenges are limited. IFB Solutions offers myriad programs, services, and support groups to expand opportunities like this for kids and young adults who are blind and visually impaired. Learn more at ifbsolutions.org.

MEET YOUR HOSTS

Allison Latos

Allison Latos is an Emmy award winning WSOC Channel 9 anchor and reporter. A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, Allison is committed to focusing on stories that matter to the community. Since relocating to Charlotte, she and her husband Josh have started a family. Children are one of the primary reasons Allison is so passionate about supporting IFB Solutions and our Firefly Social.

“I believe that it’s important for children who are blind or visually impaired to have these resources,” says Allison. “The SEE Program creates memorable experiences for participating children, who deserve to have the same opportunities as their sighted peers,” she says. In her spare time she loves traveling, cooking, exercising, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. Allison was named the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Anchor of the Year in 2015.

Hayes and Jennifer

Charlotte natives Hayes Hanvey and her mother Jennifer, a local nurse, are excited to meet you at the inaugural Firefly Social – SEE Program Fundraiser. The Hanveys have been a part of the SEE Charlotte After School Program from the beginning. What started as monthly meetings in Mr. Hanvey’s office has turned into a robust after school program for children who are blind or visually impaired.

Twelve year old Hayes has found a community of friends and has learned many new skills since first joining in SEE programs at 6 years old. “We want to do anything to continue this program for Hayes- once she stated participating in SEE she really came into her own” says Jennifer. The Hanveys will share more of their personal experience during the Firefly Social- in the meantime, follow us on social media to stay up to date on SEE Charlotte.