Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation

Ladybug Ball 2011 at Bellagio Las Vegas

May is National Blindness Awareness Month- it’s also Nevada Blind Children Awareness Month.

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio

Ladybug Ball 2011 at Bellagio, Las Vegas to benefit Nevada Blind Children's Foundation

Those of you who know me or who have read My Story, know about our efforts to build a school in Nevada for blind children.  My son, Connor, was born blind and we quickly found out that Nevada is one of only two states in the U.S. with no school for the blind or services for children with visual impairments or their families.

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio

My speech

In 2005, my husband and I founded Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation.  And this past weekend, we just celebrated our biggest annual fundraiser, Ladybug Ball 2011 at the Bellagio, Las Vegas- a big leap from our first fundraiser which was held in my living room.

 

Looking out at the crowd of over 300 people I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that so many people care and support a cause that is so personal to me.  It also amazes me to see where we are now- here at the Bellagio with 300 of my closest friends- from where we were just six years ago.

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio

I am so grateful to all the wonderful event sponsors

To watch a short video produced by En.gauge Media watch:

Nevad Blind Children’s Foundation from Canico Studios on Vimeo.

 

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio

Our celebrity chef of the evening, Chef Rick Moonen from RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio, Las Vegas

The recipient of this year's "Connor Award" was Pat Walquist

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio, Las Vegas

Founder (and husband) Kevin Spilsbury with friend and Board Member, Michael Hinden

Toni Spilsbury Ladybug Ball 2011 Nevada Blind Children's Foundation at Bellagio, Las Vegas

Our good friends Chris and Vanessa Chiodo

 

 

For a great article about the event, visit our friends at examiner.com.

In recognition of our Nevada Blind Children Awareness Month, The Organized Cook is donating 20% of all new subscriptions that sign up in the month of May- use “LADYBUG” promotion code so that funds are automatically generated to the foundation.  Sign up now.

 

 

 

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One Response to Ladybug Ball 2011 at Bellagio Las Vegas

  1. Vegas Deals July 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Great pictures! :) Looks like fun! Thanks for the post!

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