The 21st Audio Description Institute will be held virtually from Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24, 2023 at 1pm - 5pm Eastern each day. Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 32 million Americans experience significant vision loss). The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television. Be a part of it! About the Audio Description Institute Attendees May Include Freelance description writers for broadcast television Describers in local performing arts programs Describers for visual art exhibitions and/or Experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher course Topics Audio description history and theory The "Four Fundamentals of Audio Description" © Active seeing/visual literacy-developing skills in concentration and observation The art of "editing" what you see Vivid language: "The Visual Made Verbal"™ "Speak the speech, I pray you"-using the spoken word to make meaning Program Five afternoons of intensive, interactive training Each registrant will receive a PDF copy of Dr. Joel Snyder's ACB-published The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description. The interactive sessions (limited use of lecture, questions/discussion throughout, generous use of media, and individual and group writing exercises) are designed to provide immediate feedback and "give and take," allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute's faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions. This Institute will begin at 1pm Eastern on Monday, February 20, 2023, and conclude Friday, February 24, 2023 at 5pm. Participation is strictly limited. ACB-sponsored certificates will be issued to all successful participants confirming completion of this professional description training program. NOTE: Freelance writers for broadcast television projects can often be based anywhere in the world—computer equipment capable of accommodating high-speed downloads is a must. Registration Institute registration is $550 (registration is limited). Registration will close on February 13, 2023, and the invitation to attend the institute will be emailed on February 15, 2023, to the email address provided on the form. Register for the 2023 Audio Description Institute here. Agenda Access the 2023 Audio Description Institute Agenda here. Scholarships Two full scholarships are available; priority will be given to people with disabilities. To be considered for a scholarship, please send an email outlining how and why you are a strong candidate and include your reason for needing financial assistance at this time. Please send an email requesting consideration to [email protected] by January 30, 2023. The scholarship awardees will be notified by February 10, 2023. Scholarships are courtesy of Michele Spitz-Woman of Her Word. Institute Director Joel Snyder, Ph.D. One of the first audio describers, Dr. Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981; he is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC with clients world-wide and Founder/Senior Consultant of ACB's Audio Description Project an initiative he founded in 2009. For six years, he led a staff that produced description for feature films and nationally broadcast series including "Sesame Street" broadcasts and DVDs. Snyder has worked with description and trained describers in more than 40 states and in over 60 countries. Faculty Joyce Adams Joyce has been producing/writing AD scripts for media and museum tours since 2002. She supervised AD script writers for the Described Media program at the National Captioning Institute, is the author of audio described tours for National Park Service visitor centers throughout the U.S. and regularly pens description for promotional videos produced by Microsoft. Both Ms. Adams and Dr. Snyder serve on the ACVREP Subject Matter Expert Committee developing a certification program for audio describers. Elisa Jansen Elisa is a graduate of the ADP Audio Description Institute. She has written audio description for network and Internet broadcast, such as NBC, CBS, Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix—and for the classic film, Citizen Kane. Her work on promotional content includes Walmart, Kimberly-Clark, and over 700 Microsoft videos. Elisa has provided audio description for museum tours and exhibits, including the Smithsonian, the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Audio Description Consumer Consultants In addition, audio description enthusiasts who are blind or have low vision will offer their perspectives: Susan Glass Susan Glass is a free-lance writer and poet whose forthcoming chapbook The Wild Language of Deer, will be released by Slate Roof Press later this spring. A retired English professor from San Jose State University and West Valley Community College, Susan taught English Composition, American Multicultural Literature, Creative Writing, and interdisciplinary courses with a Disability Studies emphasis. An active member of the American Council of the Blind since 2013, she advocates passionately for audio description, especially in live venues such as theaters, museums, and parks. She loves hiking with her guide dog Omni and riding her horse, Travis. Chris Snyder Chris has been in the video description industry for over 12 years and is the chief engineer at Audio Eyes. He has produced hundreds of hours of description for network television, cinema, DVDs and independent film. He is also an award-winning producer of audio drama including Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "The Halloween Tree". As a voiceover artist, he has voiced many hours of description and he is also a character voice actor for audio dramas and animation.
JAWS The instructions below were produced using JAWS and Chrome. Press Ctrl L to access the Address Bar: enter “pluto.tv” When the Pluto.tv website loads, program audio might be playing in the background – Tab about 6 times to reach the Mute button, and press Enter Shift-Tab or navigate by headings or regions to the navigation links at the top of the page Find and select the On Demand link Once the On Demand page has loaded, use heading navigation to find the “Recently Added Series” heading Navigate using the down-arrow or Tab key to the first link after this heading, labeled, “2022 Audio Description Awards Gala” – select this link The Program Details screen for the ACB Awards Gala will load – Tab to the “Watch Now” link, and press Enter to start your program Video Player Controls. Once you start the program, you will find some useful buttons inside the video player. “Video Scrubber” – when this is focused, use the right and left arrows to seek forward or backward in the program “Rewind 15 seconds” & “Fast Forward 15 seconds” – use these buttons to skip back and forward “Pause”/”Play” iOS VoiceOver (iPhone or iPad) Open the app store and search for PlutoTV, or tell Siri to search for PlutoTV on the app store. When the app completes downloading open the app When the app loads, program audio might be playing in the background Tap at the top of the device with 3 fingers to place VoiceOver focus on the first element, this should be the PlutoTV logo, VoiceOver speaks “PlutoTV, Logo” Swipe right 4 times to reach the Mute button, and double tap to activate Explore by touch at the bottom of the app screen and locate the navigation tab bar. There are 3 tabs; you want to select the “On Demand” tab. Once the On Demand page has loaded, use Rotor navigation via “Containers” to find the “Recently Added Series” Container Swipe to the first button after this container, labeled, “2022 Audio Description Awards Gala” – double tap to activate. The Program Details screen for the ACB Awards Gala will load – swipe to the “Watch Season 1 Episode 1” button, and double tap to start the program. Video Player Controls. Once you start the program, you will find some useful buttons inside the video player. “Video Scrubber” – when this is focused, swipe up or down to seek forward or backward in the program “Rewind 15 seconds” & “Fast Forward 15 seconds” – use these buttons to skip back and forward “Pause”/”Play” Note: If you previously Muted audio from step 1 you will need to unmute to hear the Awards Gala with open Audio Description.
Nov. 30 2022 — The American Council of the Blind (ACB) would like to thank all those who participated in the 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala that premiered on November 29th on www.AdAwardsGala.org and Pluto TV. “We are proud to host the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala to recognize excellence in audio described content and celebrate the growing commitment to accessible media for people who are blind and low vision,” said ACB’s Executive Director, Eric Bridges. ACB thanks host Thomas Reid and Audio Description Voice Talent Nefertiti Matos Olivares as well as our special guests who lent their talent to the event and support for accessible media for all, including Stevie Wonder, Ewan McGregor, Nesta Cooper, Camryn Manheim, Shayla Brown, and the cast of iCarly! This year’s honorees have been carefully selected by a diverse group of leaders from ACB’s Audio Description Awards Committee, who have identified recipients as both audio description content leaders and media industry game changers. Award Winners Outstanding Audio Description Visionary - Larry Goldberg Audio Description Game Changer: Innovation - Microsoft Audio Description Game Changer: Inclusion - Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Audio Description Game Changer: Education - Described and Captioned Media Program Outstanding Achievement: Live Events - Paramount Global Outstanding Achievement: Spanish Media (USA) - Telemundo/Hearst Outstanding Achievement: International Media - AMI Audio Description People’s Choice Award - Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+/Lucasfilm/Audio Description by Deluxe) ACB President Dan Spoone, added, “And finally, thank you to our sponsors: Silver Star Sponsors — Amazon, Disney, Microsoft, Paramount Global, Warner Bros. Discovery and our Bronze Star Sponsors — Charter Spectrum, Keyword Studios, Fox, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters.” The Audio Description Awards Gala celebrated the inclusivity and accessibility of media by recognizing those in television, streaming and the film industry’s achievements in audio description for accessible media for blind and low vision audiences. For more details visit www.AdAwardsGala.org. The American Council of the Blind is a national member-driven organization representing Americans who are blind and visually impaired. For more than 60 years, ACB has become a leader in national, state, local, and even international advocacy efforts. With 68 affiliates, ACB strives to increase independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve the quality of life for all people who are blind and visually impaired. For more information, visit www.acb.org.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2022 — Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility Act in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The American Council of the Blind (ACB) commends Sen. Markey and Rep. Eshoo for their leadership and for introducing this legislation with the full support and collaboration of the disability community. Once passed, this legislation would update existing regulations to ensure people who are blind, low vision, and DeafBlind may access the accessible video content of their choosing, from the video service provider of their choosing, and use the video conferencing service of their choosing. “Since I authored the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, technologies have changed. What hasn’t changed is our obligation to make sure that everyone — including people who are deaf, blind, or DeafBlind — has equal access to the services and technologies they need to thrive,” said Senator Markey. “That is why I am introducing the Communications, Video, and Accessibility Technology Act, to update current laws on the books so that we can meet the technological moment and ensure opportunity, independence, and equal access for all.” “As technology has rapidly evolved over the last two decades, much of our economy and day-to-day lives have moved online. Unfortunately, accessibility standards have stayed largely the same, leaving people with disabilities behind. In 2020, 38% of people who were blind or had low vision reported issues with at least one of the technologies needed to do their jobs, and in 2021 as many as 70% of students who are deaf or hard of hearing reported technology challenges in the educational environment,” said Eshoo. “I’m proud to introduce legislation with Senator Markey to update current laws so people with disabilities have full access to modern technology that is necessary to participate equally in the 21st century.” “The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 laid the foundation for accessible technology and inclusive media for people who are blind, low vision, and DeafBlind,” said Eric Bridges, ACB’s Executive Director. “Thanks to the CVAA, people who are blind, low vision, and DeafBlind have access to accessible telecommunications technology, mobile web browsers, and accessible video content. Since the CVAA was signed into law, we have witnessed unparalleled technological innovation and widespread adoption of new communications and video distribution models, by content creators and consumers alike. For these reasons, it is necessary for Congress to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to accessible communications and video technologies. The American Council of the Blind commends Sen. Markey and Rep. Eshoo for introducing the Communications, Video and Technology Accessibility Act. Once passed, the CVTA will ensure that critical communications technologies are accessible to people who are blind, low vision, and DeafBlind and reiterate our nation’s commitment to accessible media and video content, regardless of how or where it is viewed by consumers.” This legislation is supported by the following disability and civil rights organizations: Access Living, Access Ready, American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, Blinded Veterans Association, CommunicationsFIRST, Carroll Center for the Blind, Communication Service for the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America, National Association of the Deaf, National Federation of the Blind, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc., Perkins School for the Blind, and United Spinal Association. About the American Council of the Blind: The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national member-driven organization representing Americans who are blind and visually impaired. For more than 60 years, ACB has become a leader in national, state, local, and even international advocacy efforts. With 68 affiliates, ACB strives to increase independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve the quality of life for all people who are blind and visually impaired. For more information, visit www.acb.org. Contact: Clark Rachfal [email protected] (202) 467-5081
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the details of the 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala to be held virtually on November 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. ET. In its second year, ACB’s Audio Description Awards Gala will honor significant achievements in media that continue to pave the way for creating the audio description standard as well as recognizing the best of television, streaming, and the film industry’s commitment to accessible media for blind and low vision audiences in the form of audio description. This year’s honorees have been carefully selected by a diverse group of leaders from ACB’s Audio Description Awards Committee, who have identified recipients as both audio description content leaders and media industry game changers. The award recipients will receive the prestigious ACB Barry Award in recognition as the best of the best in the field of audio description. Come celebrate the achievements of these award recipients with host Thomas Reid, Audio Description Voice Talent Nefertiti Matos Olivares, and our special celebrity guests Stevie Wonder, Ewan McGregor, Nesta Cooper, Camryn Manheim, Shayla Brown, and the cast of iCarly! One goal of the event is to raise funding to support ACB’s Audio Description Project (ADP), which works with stakeholders and industry leaders to provide accessible video entertainment and information through the delivery of audio-described content. As the ADP continues to educate the community on the value and need for audio description, please consider making a donation to help support our mission and to achieve our goal of accessible media for everyone in the blind and low vision community. Mark your calendar for the 2022 ACB Audio Description Awards Gala, airing on YouTube, Pluto TV, ACB Media 1 and www.adawardsgala.org on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:30pm ET to celebrate outstanding achievements and help to increase awareness and demonstrate to audiences what a powerful effect the inclusion of audio description has on the lives of individuals who are blind or have low vision. For more information, visit www.adawardsgala.org.
Sunday, November 27 at 7:00 pm ET Available on Zoom Webinar and ACB Media 6 Shipping Donations Thanks to the following for their generous donations for shipping: Bay State Council of the Blind ($250), Alabama Council of the Blind ($100), Arizona Council of the Blind ($100), Council of Citizens with Low Vision International ($100), North Dakota Association of the Blind ($100), American Association of Blind Teachers ($100), ACB Families ($75), ACB Students ($50), Chris Bell ($50), Merrilee Hill-Kennedy ($50), David Trott ($50) and Wanda Williford ($25). Billing Billing for both the Sneak-a-Peek Appetizer Auction and Holiday Auction will take place the week of November 28 for the total amount of all winning purchases. The auction items must be paid by December 19. ACB Auction Disclaimer The American Council of the Blind conducts fundraising auctions with the purpose of providing financial support for our programs and services. We thank those individuals, organizations, and businesses who donate items for our auctions. To participate as a bidder, we ask that you be courteous to one another, to those who are conducting the auction and to those who will be contacting the winning bidders to arrange for payment. It is expected that any winning bidder will, after being contacted by anyone connected to the auction, provide proper billing information prior to the auction item being sent to them. If we do not successfully collect the bid amount, we reserve the right to repurpose the item to the benefit of ACB. We reserve the right to block any individual not following the guidelines during the auction or from participating in any future auction. Segment One - Cindy Hollis and Kolby Garrison 100 An 8-Inch Crystal Snowman Donated by Margie Donovan You will enjoy this crystal Snowman with a corn cob nose and a red brim hat. The Snowman is wearing a red-tailed scarf, with black button eyes. What an adorable gift to have for the holidays! 101 Forget 15 minutes of Fame, Grab 2 hours as Guest Host of Sunday Edition Donated by Anthony Corona Bid for the chance to enjoy ringing in the New Year through the magical world of ACB Media and Sunday Edition. Share your impressions, faux-pas and invite your friends to join the show as your guests. What are your resolutions for the new year? What are some of your holiday experiences? For the last Sunday in December the show must go on and it will go on with the highest bidder of this package! 102 Homemade Fantasy Fudge Donated by Janeen Lea This homemade fudge is made with sugar, butter, marshmallow creme, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, and love. Ooey gooey and sugary. You will receive approximately three pounds of this homemade fudge to either enjoy yourself or share with some friends or family! 103 $50 Amazon Gift Card Donated by Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired It’s time to treat yourself to something special and here’s a gift card to help you do it. $50 in spending at Amazon! 104 Handmade Matching Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set Donated by Becky Hawkins Enjoy this 18-Inch espresso brown and beige bead necklace with a bronze claw clasp. The bracelet matches the necklace with a circle and anchor clasp and also a pair of matching pierced earrings. The earrings are looped with gold wires. These would make a lovely gift for either yourself or someone special in your life! 105 A Set of Five Holiday Ornaments Made and Donated by Jamaica Miller. You will receive an ornament of each color: red, green, gold, blue and white. They are adorned with pins and beads in various bright colors, and each will have the tag of your choosing: "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Peace on Earth", or "Joy to the World". The tags feature Braille as well as printed text. 106 Echo Dot 4th Generation Donated by Belinda Collins Smart speaker with Alexa has a whole new look. Its round sleek compact design and textured twilight blue finish fit perfectly into small spaces. Enjoy crisp vocals and balanced bass. Play games; listen to news, radio from around the world, podcasts, and music. Enjoy all the Alexa features you've come to know and love. 107 Six Loaves of Homemade Sweet Breads Donated by Patty Slaby Six loaves of homemade sweet breads of your choice. Select from the following: banana, banana-cherry, banana chocolate, banana-pineapple, banana-zucchini, butterscotch, cherry, chocolate chip, chocolate zucchini, date nut, eggnog, eggnog-cherry, lemon, lemon-cream cheese, pina colada (with a tropical flavor), pineapple, pineapple-zucchini, pistachio, raisin, pumpkin, or apple. These breads will truly be a delight to share with friends or family over the holidays! 108 Assorted Chocolates from Bakers Candies Donated by Kristal Platt Enjoy two pounds of chocolate! You will receive two bags of mouth-watering variety chocolates from Bakers Candies featured on the ACB Chocolate Tour in Omaha. 109 $100 Walmart Gift Card Donated by ACB Arkansas Quazar Chapter Enjoy this opportunity to fill your basket with treats for your family and friends. This $100 gift card may even provide a chance for a special gift for yourself for the holidays! 110 The Good Life Gift Basket Donated by Jim Jirak and Amber Steet Discover there really is no place like Nebraska when you win this sampler of sweet and savory goodies that all got there starts right here in the Cornhusker State. Open this Nebraska Cornhuskers bag to find Baker’s Chocolates, Kool-Aid, Dorothy Lynch dressing and a $25 Omaha Steaks gift card. Bid high, enjoy, and welcome to the Good Life! 111 Two Handmade Baby Blankets Donated by ACB Crafters ACB Crafters came together to create these two 35 by 45-inch baby blankets. The white rectangles are crocheted, loom knitted, and needle knitted by talented hands. The crocheted baby blue border brings them all together to keep you warm. 112 Three Dozen Sinful Tinfull Cookies Donated by ACB Board Director Terry Pacheco Enjoy these scrumptious cookies! A variety of options are available including gluten-free almond macaroons and chocolate chip as well as Terry’s favorites – cranberry oatmeal and chocolate chunk with a hint of cinnamon. Winner may call Sinful Tinfull at 516-384-8583 to select varieties and place their order. 113 $100 Gift Certificate for National Braille Press Donated by Braille Revival League The number one stop for all your Braille print needs. You will enjoy this gift certificate over the holidays for yourself or to give to a friend for a gift! 114 Handmade Dyed Green Shell and Rose Quartz Jewelry Set Donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland, WA This necklace is made from 1/4-inch rose quartz chips, 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch green polished shell chips. Pattern is 3 rose quartz chips, one large green shell chip, 3 rose quartz chips, small green shell chip then repeats. Set has 2 sets of earrings. Set one a top to bottom dangle with 3 rose quartz chips then large green shell chip. Set two has 3 rosé quartz beads then a small green shell bead. Both sets may be worn together for double pierced ears. The bracelet is 8 inches and the necklace is 25 inches long. 115 Stone Angel Windchimes Donated by Connie Jacomini Enjoy these white stone carved angels hanging from a marble disk. There are twelve angels that will look lovely in your house for the holidays! 116 Blue Tiger Storm Bluetooth 5.0 Headset Donated by Roberta McCall This headset features: 30-hour battery life 96% noise cancellation Superior performance USB-C charging cable Flexible, padded headband for Ultimate Comfort Works with Google Assistant and "Hey Siri” FoxPro chip, Bluetooth 5.0 processing chip Ergonomically placed mute and volume buttons for ease of use Flex mike with 260-degree rotation Extended range 100 feet You will enjoy this headset for all your zoom calls! 117 Joann’s Fudge E-Gift Certificate Donated by MCBVI Joan and Frank Nephew opened the first Joann's Fudge Store on Mackinac Island. Today, Joann's Fudge is a third-generation family business that continues Joan and Frank's commitment to providing high quality products. The e-gift certificate is good for six slices of fudge. Each slice is ½ pound for a total of three pounds. You can order six slices of one flavor or mix and match from the list below. Flavors: Butter Pecan, Butterfinger, Chocolate, Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Cookie Crunch, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pecan, Chocolate Turtle, Chocolate Walnut, Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut, Double Dark Chocolate Espresso, Double Dark Chocolate Mint, Double Dark Chocolate Pecan, Double Dark Chocolate, Double Dark Salted Caramel, German Chocolate, Maple Walnut, Maple, Orange Truffle, Peanut Butter, Penuche Pecan, Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry Truffle, Rocky Road, Vanilla, Vanilla Pecan, Vanilla Salted Caramel. 118 Set of Two 12-inch Mitsy Kit Holiday Pillows Made and Donated by Sheila Young Each pillow has a gray background with white snowflakes and three gnomes with Christmas hats. One hat is red, one is green and the other is a darker gray. The backs of the pillows are solid red, framed with red felt ribbon. You will love having these pillows either on your couch or a chair for the holidays! 119 $100 Cracker Barrel Gift Card Donated by Kentucky Council of the Blind Enjoy this $100 gift card shopping at any Cracker Barrel Old Country store or restaurant. The Old Country Store features unique holiday items such as: scented candles, music boxes, magical carousels, fashionable clothing, and downhome country fix ins. Easy access with nationwide on-line ordering. Happy shopping with a country flair! 120 Minnesota Gift Box Donated by American Council of the Blind of Minnesota Ceramic angel music box plays Welcome to My World; angel with two children in front of her. $25.00 Target gift card, one pound Caribou Coffee, one pound wild rice, one can Watkins cinnamon, one stuffed loon that emits it’s call, one small non-biting mosquito, one can Spam, Minnesota Vikings drinking glass, Minnesota Twins keychain, a container dry apples, two salted nut roll bars, two nut goody bars and one Minnesota shaped dishcloths. 121 A Song from the Smithermans Donated by Michael and Alison Smitherman If you enjoy listening to country, Gospel, or Christmas music, Michael and Alison would like to record a song for you. You choose the song, from any of these genres, and we will sing it for you. The song will be sent to you in an mp3 file. What a treat for you or someone special to enjoy! 122A Homemade Banana Bread Donated by Kaila Allen This fresh baked loaf of banana bread made just the way you like it. Choose one of the following add ins: peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, walnuts, or pecans. 122B Homemade Banana Bread Donated by Kaila Allen This fresh baked loaf of banana bread made just the way you like it. Choose one of the following add ins: peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, walnuts, or pecans. 123 $125 Kustom Canes Gift Certificate Donated by Lucy Edmonds "Don't be plain -Go Kustom Cane!" Do you use a plain mobility cane? Kustom Cane provides custom made canes to fit your style! Show your unique personality with a mobility cane coordinated to your outfit! Show your support for your favorite sports team with a customized cane! displaying Your team's colors and logos! Looking for an inexpensive way to advertise your business or to show your support for a cause! We have been in the customizing and restyling industry for over 18 years. Our canes make a great gift for yourself or a visually impaired family member or friend! 124 Pearl and Alexandrite Set Donated by Charlotte Lang Both of June's birthstones are combined beautifully in this stunning necklace, bracelet and earrings set from Mama Otter's Tidbits. The set includes an 18-inch necklace, stretch bracelet and matching earrings. They are made of 6-to-8-millimeter pearls and 8 and 10 millimeter alexandrite beads. The necklace and bracelet are mostly white pearls with a few alexandrite beads in the center. The necklace closes with a lovely locking clasp. The earrings feature two pearls and an alexandrite bead and dangle from silver tone hooks. The necklace is hand knotted. What a lovely gift either for yourself or someone special in your life! 125 Handmade Twin Size Blanket Donated by ACB Crafters ACB Crafters came together to create this 52 by 65-inch twin blanket. The white rectangles are crocheted, loom knitted, and needle knitted by talented hands. The crocheted baby blue border brings them all together to keep you warm. Segment Two – Dan Spoone and Kim Charlson 126 BrailleSense 6 (Gently Used) Donated by Lori Castner BrailleSense 6 has a Perkins-style keyboard, a 32-cell braille display with cursor routing buttons, and touch sensors above the display for enhanced navigation. There are also touch sensors on the media buttons making them user definable. This device offers a new standard in blind-friendly applications with the latest in cutting edge technology. It contains specialized applications, such as Word, Notepad, email, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device has a media center allowing for FM radio, Web radio, and the ability to play podcasts. This device comes with an SD card and training materials can be readily accessed from the hims-inc.com website. Lori purchased the Braille Sense in June 2022. This item is gently used and will be sent in the original box. 127 Holiday Rum Balls Donated by Cindy Hollis Experience some extra holiday cheer with this decorative tin filled with 2 dozen spirit-filled rum balls. Each decadent chocolatey treat is hand-crafted with the finest ingredients including dark rum, rolled in coconut (confectioners’ sugar can be used as a substitute), and most importantly, made with much love. 128 American Flag Set Donated by VIVA Show your love of America with the American Braille Flag. This beautiful and completely tactile depiction of the American flag is made from sturdy plexiglass and is meant for indoor display only. It measures 13.25 inches by 12 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds and is designed to mount onto any wall with included standoff brackets, or stand alone on any flat surface. The American Braille flag is tactile with alternating raised lines to represent the red and white stripes and a recessed square in the upper left of the flag with the 50 raised stars to represent the 50 states of the union. A Braille W and R are included at the right of each stripe to indicate which colors are assigned to each stripe. This truly beautiful and unique gift has the pledge of allegiance written in braille inside of the recessed white stripes. The American Braille flag will make a colorful and patriotic display for either yours, or a loved one’s home, bringing out the American in those who let their fingers trace the stars and stripes of our national flag. But that’s not all! This amazing item is accompanied by a personalized cloth flag which has been flown over the U. S. Capitol while Congress is in session. It will be sent to you between 4 and 7 weeks following the auction to allow for the personalization by a member of the U. S. Congress. It includes a certificate of authenticity with your name and the date on which the flag was flown. 129 Welcome to Schaumburg Donated by Illinois Council of the Blind and Janet Dickelman Are you coming to the ACB Convention in Schaumberg? Support ACB with the highest bid on this item and ICB and Janet Dickelman will cover the cost of two nights of your convention hotel stay at the Renaissance Schaumburg. In addition, ICB is giving you a $100 gift certificate for an evening out for dinner at the Granite City Restaurant and Brewery in Schaumburg. Location and menu details can be found at the link below. https://www.gcfb.com/location/schaumburg-illinois/ Thank you for supporting ACB. 130 Traditional Basket of Goodies Donated by South Dakota Association of the Blind Enjoy sipping hot Campfire Cocoa or Dark Canyon Coffee from a beautiful South Dakota mug that is off white with blue writing and pictures that talk about South Dakota and is tactical. Then enjoy popcorn, nuts, salsa, or rhubarb jam just to name some of the fun food made in South Dakota! The items in the basket are: Gaylen’s Cheddar Popcorn Kimball Popcorn ball Honey M.I Nuts Candied Almonds cone Dark Canyon Coffee Dakota Roast Dakota style Pretzel Jalapeno SoDak Salsa Campfire Cocoa Plain jane and Mocha Calla English toffee Quail Honey Ricks Season Salt - 4oz Char’s Kitchen Rhubarb Jam - 4oz 131 Dooney and Bourke Tote/Purse Donated by Sheila Young This beautiful black Dooney and Bourke designer tote includes a separate wristlet purse for essentials. The tote features the Dooney and Bourke symbol with their classic multicolor design. It has two outside pockets, one inside zip pocket, two inside pockets, cell phone pocket and an adjustable strap. This luxurious purse also includes a detachable strap, inside key hook, and snap buckle closure. The strap drop length is 24 inches and the tote measures 12 inches by 11 inches. This purse will take any ensemble to the next fashion level! 132 Megan’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies Donated by Megan Sullivan Enjoy sharing three dozen homemade Megan’s chocolate chip cookies either with family or friends over the holidays. These cookies will melt in your mouth! 133 Bundle of Gift Cards and American Kennel Club High Quality Premium Pet Bed Donated by Tim and Maria Stone from Scoop Masters and ACB Minnesota Office Enjoy the following gift cards: PetSmart $50, Cheesecake Factory $50, and top it off with an Amazon card for $100 to shop with after you have dined and gotten some toys for your doggie. Also, your pet will love sleeping or just hanging out on this adorable 27 inch by 36-inch American Kennel Club High Quality Premium Pet Bed. Colors: Cream and Sky Blue. 134 Genuine Sterling Silver Pendant and $100 Walmart Gift Card Donated by ACB of Connecticut This beautiful snowflake pendant is silver filigree sprinkled with tiny diamonds on a fine sterling silver chain. Plus, a $100 Walmart gift card. Enjoy this opportunity combining a lovely piece of jewelry while filling your basket with treats for your family and friends. This $100 gift card may even provide a chance for a special gift for yourself for the holidays! 135 Christmas with Kolby Donated by Kolby Garrison Kolby will sing a Christmas song of your choice acapella. The file will be sent to you in mp3 format. What a treat to listen to over the holidays! 136 Emergency Solar Crank Radio Donated by The Literacy Project This item is a 5000 NOAA Solar Hand Crank Weather Radio, 5-Way Powered AM/FM/Shortwave Portable Auto Alert Radio with phone charger, flashlight and reading lamp. Have you ever faced severe weather without electricity? Now, by using solar power charging, this radio provides it all. It even will charge your phone when phone batteries die. 137 Kermit’s Chocolate Key Lime Bars Donated by Dan Spoone Enjoy these 18 Key Lime Bars. Each bar is a piece of original Key Lime pie on a stick dipped in chocolate. The Key Lime Bars will be shipped directly from Kermit’s Key Lime Shop in Key West Florida. 138A One bottle of Black Chicken Zinfandel and one bottle of the RW Moore Zinfandel Donated by Roger and Karen Bridges This wine is round and plush Black Chicken Zinfandel with a gentle grip of perfectly ripe tannins. A spectrum of red and dark fruits – raspberries, cherries, blackberries, bright vivid aromas, fine-grained texture, star anise, black and white pepper, cocoa, subtle nuanced oak. Age worthy, compelling, decadent: a beautifully proportioned Napa Valley Zinfandel. If cellared well, this wine will continue to improve for the next 3-5 years. 2019 R.W. MOORE VINEYARD Coombsville, Napa Valley Zinfandel Heritage on Hagen Historic Hagen Road runs east-west across Napa Valley’s Coombsville Appellation. Close to San Francisco Bay, this newly recognized rural district near the city of Napa is quickly gaining recognition for producing many elegant, polished, and finely balanced wines from many varieties – red and whites – that speak to the region’s cool and hilly conditions in southern Napa Valley. The Moore Vineyard lies smack dab in the district’s middle on Hagen Road adjacent to Sarcos Creek with a looming Mt. George to the east. This is where the family of a seafarer by the name of Pleasant Ashley Stevens planted vines in 1905. Most of those vines still exist today thanks to the dedicated farming and wisdom of Bill Moore, a retired orthodontist, who purchased the property as his first home in the 1980s. This is the oldest vineyard in Coombsville and amazingly enough – the region’s only Zinfandel. This vineyard is especially important to the wine industry now as its genetic heritage is being carefully preserved and propagated through the U.C. Davis Heritage Vineyard project. In other words, the genetic material from these historic vines is being saved for future generations of winemakers. In the meantime, we get to enjoy the immense pleasures that this Zinfandel brings. 138B One bottle of Black Chicken Zinfandel and one bottle of the RW Moore Zinfandel Donated by Roger and Karen Bridges This wine is round and plush Black Chicken zinfandel with a gentle grip of perfectly ripe tannins. A spectrum of red and dark fruits – raspberries, cherries, blackberries, bright vivid aromas, fine-grained texture, star anise, black and white pepper, cocoa, subtle nuanced oak. Age worthy, compelling, decadent: a beautifully proportioned Napa Valley Zinfandel. If cellared well, this wine will continue to improve for the next 3-5 years. 2019 R.W. MOORE VINEYARD Coombsville, Napa Valley Zinfandel Heritage on Hagen Historic Hagen Road runs east-west across Napa Valley’s Coombsville Appellation. Close to San Francisco Bay, this newly recognized rural district near the city of Napa is quickly gaining recognition for producing many elegant, polished, and finely balanced wines from many varieties – red and whites – that speak to the region’s cool and hilly conditions in southern Napa Valley. The Moore Vineyard lies smack dab in the district’s middle on Hagen Road adjacent to Sarcos Creek with a looming Mt. George to the east. This is where the family of a seafarer by the name of Pleasant Ashley Stevens planted vines in 1905. Most of those vines still exist today thanks to the dedicated farming and wisdom of Bill Moore, a retired orthodontist, who purchased the property as his first home in the 1980s. This is the oldest vineyard in Coombsville and amazingly enough – the region’s only Zinfandel. This vineyard is especially important to the wine industry now as its genetic heritage is being carefully preserved and propagated through the U.C. Davis Heritage Vineyard project. In other words, the genetic material from these historic vines is being saved for future generations of winemakers. In the meantime, we get to enjoy the immense pleasures that this Zinfandel brings. 138C One bottle of Black Chicken Zinfandel and one bottle of the RW Moore Zinfandel donated by Roger and Karen Bridges this wine is round and plush Black Chicken Zinfandelwith a gentle grip of perfectly ripe tannins. A spectrum of red and dark fruits – raspberries, cherries, blackberries, bright vivid aromas, fine-grained texture, star anise, black and white pepper, cocoa, subtle nuanced oak. Age worthy, compelling, decadent: a beautifully proportioned Napa Valley Zinfandel. If cellared well, this wine will continue to improve for the next 3-5 years. 2019 R.W. MOORE VINEYARD Coombsville, Napa Valley Zinfandel Heritage on Hagen Historic Hagen Road runs east-west across Napa Valley’s Coombsville Appellation. Close to San Francisco Bay, this newly recognized rural district near the city of Napa is quickly gaining recognition for producing many elegant, polished, and finely balanced wines from many varieties – red and whites – that speak to the region’s cool and hilly conditions in southern Napa Valley. The Moore Vineyard lies smack dab in the district’s middle on Hagen Road adjacent to Sarcos Creek with a looming Mt. George to the east. This is where the family of a seafarer by the name of Pleasant Ashley Stevens planted vines in 1905. Most of those vines still exist today thanks to the dedicated farming and wisdom of Bill Moore, a retired orthodontist, who purchased the property as his first home in the 1980s. This is the oldest vineyard in Coombsville and amazingly enough – the region’s only Zinfandel. This vineyard is especially important to the wine industry now as its genetic heritage is being carefully preserved and propagated through the U.C. Davis Heritage Vineyard project. In other words, the genetic material from these historic vines is being saved for future generations of winemakers. In the meantime, we get to enjoy the immense pleasures that this Zinfandel brings. 139 $200 Airline Gift Card Donated by ACB Board Directors Kenneth Semien Sr., Koni Sims, Rachel Schroeder and 2nd VP Ray Campbell The winner will have the opportunity to obtain a $200 gift card to use for their trip to Schaumburg or another trip of their choice from American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines or United Airlines. 140 GDUI Holiday Bonanza Donated by GDUI December 25, 2022 Dear Diary, My GDUI package included a fabulous elk antler! Rumor has it that Rudolph refuses to deliver deer antlers. I also got some toys - a Chase and Chomp toy clear ball with green rope, a Tug and Toss toy in the shape of a bone and a tiger squeezable toy. The box included a beautiful Park Life Designs cotton rope toy basket (12 X 12 inches). There were sensible gifts as well: A package of Scrubby instant, waterless bath mitts, Container of Genie dog wipes (100 count) and a slicker self-cleaning brush from Zoom Groom. An American Kennel Club Dog First Aid Kit (86 piece set) And, for those long, dark winter nights, a Ruffwear Accessible Safety Light with audible signals to indicate on/off, low battery, charging and charge complete. LED light emits through translucent red shell. Waterproof & USB rechargeable, Charge time approx.1.5 hours and operating time up to 12 hours. Silicone mount for harness or cane or quick clip to your clothing. (much better than that old red nose of Rudolph’s). Signed, (insert winner’s name) 141 Three 2022 Hallmark “Ornament Club” Keepsake Ornaments Donated by Leslie Charlson Ornament One: “Countdown to Christmas” This ornament hanger is 5-1/2 inches tall, 3-3/4 inches wide, and 1-1/2 inches deep. A tiny red cardinal sits on the snow-covered roof. The roof is held up, on either side, by split Birch tree trunks that frame in two blocks used to count down days until Christmas. The space just below the roof peak has a hook to hang a small ornament (included) for display, just above the numbered blocks. The blocks are marked with large, tactile numbers that are removable to rotate and reset the countdown days until Christmas. The entire ornament can be hung on a tree, set on a mantle, or placed on the dinner table. Ornament Two: “Polar Bear Pal” This ornament is able to hang inside the first ornament from the hook below the roof peak. A small polar bear stands 2-1/4 inches tall, 1-1/4 inches wide, holding a sack of ice-frosted pinecones slung over his shoulder. The little bear is wearing a blue Santa-style hat with matching blue shirt with white fluffy trim. He is standing on a small snowbank. Ornament Three: “Polar Bear Santa” The largest ornament in the trio is Polar Bear Santa standing 5 inches tall, 2-1/2 inches wide facing forward, and 3-1/2 inches deep. The father bear is wearing a traditional Santa suit with a black belt with a large gold buckle. He is standing upright, with an ax over one shoulder, and a fresh-cut evergreen tree over the other shoulder. Sitting upon the tree on dad’s shoulder is the little polar bear wearing a blue Santa suit. His face is framed within a holiday wreath with a bright red bow at his chin. The evergreens are frosted with glitter. By pressing the button on Santa’s belt, you will hear him speak several holiday messages including “Ho, Ho, Ho, how many days to go!.” All three ornaments are in original packaging, and they come with a Hallmark Keepsake reusable holiday bag, and an enameled keychain that has a polar bear on it, with the words “Snow Much Fun!” On an icy blue background. 142 Homemade Dinner for Six Donated by ACB Development Director Bill Reeder Enjoy this scrumptious meal that features: Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) Stew, a loaf of homemade sourdough bread, homemade apple pie and a bottle each of good red and white wine. Made famous by Julia Child, the beef is marinated in red wine and vegetables for 12 hours, then slow roasted in the oven and finished with a garnish of sautéed mushrooms, bacon bits and pearl onions. I will add potatoes and carrots to round out the stew, making it a complete meal. The stew will be divided into 3 portions - so it can be enjoyed as a dinner for 6 or for 2. The sourdough bread will be made using the method perfected by the Tartine bakery in San Francisco. The apple pie is a classic Kansas farm recipe. A bottle of highly rated red and white will accompany the meal and will arrive separately from the dinner. The dinner will be packed frozen in dry ice and hopefully arrive still frozen. Wow, what a treat to receive this package over the holidays! 143 $200 Target Gift Card Donated by Beth Corley and Dan Dillon Here’s a $200 gift card for Target to use in store or online. Treat yourself to something special over the holidays. 144 Handmade Jewelry Set with Pastel Green Howlite, Rose Quartz, and Onyx Donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland WA Set includes a 20-inch necklace, 8-inch bracelet and 2 sets of earrings. The set is made with 10 by 15 mm faceted bicone beads in pastel green howlite, round rose quartz 6mm and round onyx 4mm. Pattern is as follows, black onyx spacer, pink rose quartz, black onyx spacer, green bicone howlite, then repeats. Earrings set one has black onyx, pink rose quartz, black onyx, green howlite. Earring set two has onyx, rose quartz then onyx. 145 Anova Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker Donated by Kim Charlson Start cooking like a pro with the Sous Vide Nano. Sous vide is a cooking technique for ingredients inside a vacuum-sealed plastic pouch, submerged in a pot of water, usually for a long period of time at a low, steady temperature. Sous vide has been a secret in professional kitchens for decades. It works by circulating heated water in a pot at a very precise temperature according to the desired doneness of your meat, fish, or vegetables. The heating element clamps to the side of a pot, extends down into the water roughly ten inches. This simple and approachable technique eliminates overcooked, dried out food and ensures edge-to-edge perfection every time you cook! Includes a Word document with accessible instructions and recipes. 146 Old Time Radio Donated by Bill Sparks If you like classic radio shows, we have a collector's dream for you. One hard drive with about 100,000 shows. The shows are put into categories: Adventure, Australian Radio Shows, British Shows, Canadian Shows, Children-Juvenile, Christmas, Comedy, Crime-Detective-Police, Drama, Historical Broadcasts and Shows, Music-Variety-Shows, Quiz Shows, Sci-Fi, Soaps like soap operas, South African, Sports, and Westerns. This collection of classic radio shows will give you a lifetime of entertainment. From your favorite comedy shows like Jack Benny or Fibber McGee and Molly. Great historical events like World War II and other events that shaped our world. Great mysteries like Suspense, Escape and the CBS Radio mystery theater. If this collection is more than you want, we also offer a two-thumb drive set which is a Classic Radio Sampler with 10,000 shows on it. This radio collection is a way to preserve our history. 147 Jack Stack’s BBQ Ribs Donated by Melvin Smith This package Includes: Pork Spareribs -1 Full Slab Baby Back Ribs - 1 Full Slab Crown Prime Beef Short Ribs – 3 Bones (Serves 2-4) KC Original BBQ Sauce - 1 18.6 oz. bottle KC Spicy BBQ Sauce - 1 18.6 oz. bottle KC Hot BBQ Sauce – 1 18.6 oz bottle Pork Spareribs – Are expertly seasoned and slow-roasted to perfection over hickory logs, and a delicious choice whether you’re eating a casual meal at home or hosting a crowd for a special occasion. Baby Back Ribs – If you want the most succulent pork ribs you’ll ever meet, enjoy a full slap of our meaty, tender Baby Back Ribs. They are one of the best barbecue ribs in all of Kansas City. Crown Prime Beef Short Ribs – Available exclusively from Fiorella’s Private Stock, this is premium, incomparably well-marbled beef. Described as ‘the ribs that made Fred Flintstone’s car fall over,’ Crown Prime are meaty, juicy, seared on the outside and falling off the bone tender. The best beef rib you’ll ever eat. 148 Mossy Oak Bed-in-a-Bag Donated by Ralph Smitherman and Pat Tussing Decorate your bedroom in style with this queen-sized set. Deep red on one side; blue with white stars on the other. Includes one comforter, two pillow shams, one flat and one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. 149 $100 Uber Gift Card Donated by Seth and Koni Sims, ACB Board of Director Who can’t use an Uber gift card? Use it when you are at the D.C. Leadership Conference. It will come in handy when you need to go to your appointments or do errands. Or think about all the holiday shopping you could do! All the holiday parties and festivities you could attend and enjoy. Have fun! 150 ACBDA Gift Bag Donated by ACB Diabetics in Action ACB Diabetics in Action is donating a fabulous reusable shopping bag filled with many items that can be useful for the cook or baker in your home. Included in the bag are the following items: Easy Say Stop Audible Liquid Indicator - Indicates when liquid is at the top, Easy Tactile Long Ring Timer, 8-piece Braille Measuring Set with Cups and Spoons, 2 Cup Adjustable Measuring Cup, one pair Cut Resistant Cutting Gloves size Large, Easy Cut, Slice and Serve Veggie or Fruit Salad Slicing Bowl - Simply place all your veggies in the slicing bowl and rinse. Then place the lid on the bowl and flip upside down. Using the slicing guides, cut all the way through the container, then rotate again when done with the first cuts. You will have perfectly cut salad by deciding how large you want your veggies cut, Food Chopper (commonly known as a Slap Chop) - great for nuts, onion, garlic and more, Stem-Gem Strawberry or Tomato Stem Remover with easy ways to remove the stems from fruit and veggies or the eyes off potatoes. Also, a great tool for decorating the skins of cucumbers, apples, lemons, and oranges. Plus, a fantastic cookbook sold by ACB Next Generation. This is a downloadable file that ACBDA purchased exclusively for that special cook in your life! 151 Karaoke Take Over Donated by Cindy Hollis and Meka White This one is for our Community Karaoke enthusiasts! Karaoke has been happening for more than two years now and has evolved into a weekly entertainment extravaganza. Here’s your chance to take over the mic as the main facilitator and invite two guest facilitators to join you during the first theme night of 2023. Oh yes, and possibly best of all, you get to name the theme. A Community Karaoke dream! What fun! 152A Brian Charlson’s Triple-Play Cookie Package Donated by Brian Charlson Once again, Brian Charlson has been busy baking. This year he is offering three dozen over-sized cookies delivered straight to your door. You will receive one dozen white chocolate chip/macadamia nut cookies; one dozen dried cherry/dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies; and one dozen Christmas tree sugar cookies, brushed in chocolate and decorated for the season. There will be plenty to share and even repack to gift to others. 152 B Brian Charlson’s Triple-Play Cookie Package Donated by Brian Charlson Once again, Brian Charlson has been busy baking. This year he is offering three dozen over-sized cookies delivered straight to your door. You will receive one dozen white chocolate chip/macadamia nut cookies; one dozen dried cherry/dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies; and one dozen Christmas tree sugar cookies, brushed in chocolate and decorated for the season. There will be plenty to share and even repack to gift to others. Segment Three – Michael Garrett and Zelda Gebhard 153 ACB New York Hoodie and $100 Amazon Gift Card Donated by ACB New York This beautiful ACB New York Hoodie is a cotton fleece blend, customers choice of dark blue, black, or red. The white lettering on or above your heart reads, “I, with a red heart, ACB.” The sizes are Extra Large to 3X. Also included is a $100 Amazon gift card. 154 10 Carat Angel Wing Necklace Donated by The Literacy Project The lovely and timeless 18-inch gold necklace in a form of an angel wing will look fantastic with any outfit! This necklace is always in style. Truly a must for either yourself or someone special in your life. 155 Coco Cola Blanket and Pillow Donated by Connie Jacomini This Coco Cola blanket has a picture of an old-fashioned gas station with a vintage Coco Cola truck delivering the Coke. The 50 by 60-inch Coco Cola blanket is made of cotton and the 8 by 13-inch pillow is 100 percent polyester. The colors on the Coco Cola blanket and pillow are red, white, and green with the Coco Cola bottle on both. 156 Echo Show 8 Donated by Library Users of America Looking to upgrade your Lady A family of smart speakers? Why not bid for this Echo Show 8 with an 8-inch, 1280 by 800 resolution screen. Echo Show 8 has two 2-inch speakers, a 1-megapixel camera and built-in shutter and a microphone “off “button. This device makes life easier. Glance at your calendars and reminders. Get daily recipe ideas and cook with step-by-step instructions. Use your voice to set timers, update lists, and see and listen to news or traffic updates. Manage your smart home compatible devices like cameras, lights, and more using the interactive display or your voice. Ask Alexa to stream Amazon Music, Apple Music, or Spotify. Put your memories on display by using Amazon Photos to turn your home screen into a digital frame. Designed to protect your privacy as Amazon is not in the business of selling your personal information to others. Built with multiple layers of privacy controls including a mic/camera off button and a built-in camera shutter. 157 Maker’s Mark Bourbon Balls Donated by Dan Spoone in Memory of His Dad An elegant gift for family, friends, and business associates. A fantastic treat for yourself. Fine, handcrafted chocolates made from an old family recipe; laced with a generous touch of Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey. One-pound gift box contains 32 delicious pieces. Shipped directly to the winning bidder. Shipping not available to Hawaii or Alaska. 158 Handmade Fleece Patchwork Blanket Made by Sheila Young and Donated by Mitsy Kit You will enjoy this winter themed 62-inch fleece patchwork blanket featuring 25 12-inch squares with snowmen wearing red and green scarves and hats against a gray whitewashed fence, alternated with solid green squares. Both beautiful and cozy, and large enough to have as an extra cover on the bed! 159 $150 Amazon Gift Card Donated by Louisiana Council of the Blind It’s time to treat yourself to something special and here’s a gift card to help you do it. $150 in spending at Amazon! 160 Keystone Connoisseur Combo Donated by the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind This combo includes a cheese package and a 3-bottle wine selection. September Farms Cheese Favorites: Sharp Cheddar - Hand waxed and aged approximately one year. One of the most popular cheeses we sell. Pepperoni Augusto Jack - With pizza ingredients like pepperoni and oregano, this is our most popular Monterey Jack cheese. Honey Brook Jack - Taste the freshness in this delicious, mild Monterey Jack cheese! Wedge of Smoked Gouda - Our Smoked Farmhouse Gouda Cheese has a smooth, oak smoked flavor. Aged for a minimum of 60 days. Wedge of aged Gouda - Authentic Dutch-Style Gouda aged to perfection. Farm Mustard Breton Original Bites - The ideal bite-sized cracker that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere! In addition, enjoy the 6 oz Caramel Popcorn, 8 oz Fudge, chocolate covered coffee beans and a large bag of locally made hard pretzels - Pretzels made by hand! Taste the unique homemade flavor not found in machine-made pretzels. Martin’s Pretzel Bakery is nestled in Lancaster County, PA, home of the Pennsylvania Dutch known as Amish Country. Plus, September Farm Insulated Cooler Bag and Wine: The high bidder’s choice of three bottles of wine from Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery shipped directly to their door. Happy Valley Vineyard grows 90% of the grapes that we use to make our wine. 161 Pop a Cork, Sip and Learn about Wine with Gabriel and Anthony Donated by ACB Board of Director Gabriel Lopez Kafati and Anthony Corona You and five of your closest family members and friends can have a private virtual Wine Sip and Learn session with Gabriel and Anthony of the Blind Pride International presented signature Wine Tastings, and “Wine Wisdom with Gabriel and Anthony”. This package includes a gift certificate to Cooper’s Hawk Winery for the first two bottles for your intimate wine education and sipping event. 162 Homemade Bridges Fudge Brownies Donated by Rebecca Bridges Chewy, gooey, and delicious, these fudge brownies are a Bridges family favorite and a hit at every potluck. Extra chocolate chips added to the original family recipe take these brownies to the next level. Enjoy them with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee. Brownies can be made gluten-free if requested. 163 One $50 Amazon Gift Card and One $50 VISA Gift Card Donated by ACB of Texas Enjoy these two gift cards over the holidays either on yourself or for some gifts for your family or friends. It’s time to treat yourself to something special with these two $50 gift cards. 164 Handmade Matching Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings Set Donated by Becky Hawkins Enjoy this 18-inch brown and beige smooth bead necklace, bracelet and earring set. The necklace has a round anchor clasp and the bracelet has a claw clasp with the earrings being a straight singular drop earring. Wow, this set would look lovely with any ensemble! 165 Gibson Mother and Daughter Dolls Donated by Ed Coop These Gibson mother and daughter dolls are Franklin Heirloom with Authenticity papers. The antique dolls have hand-painted porcelain faces and are impeccably dressed with the daughter in a shimmer pink satin dress and the mother in lavender jacquard ivory lace and foe pearls. The mother is standing on a white stand and is 34 inches tall and the daughter is14 inches tall and is also on the stand. The mother and daughter are standing next to each other. This collection would make a fantastic gift for that doll collector! 166 Roam Portable Smart Speaker Donated by BITS Experience size-defying sound at home and on the go with this lightweight, outdoor-ready portable smart speaker. Enjoy hours of music, radio, audiobooks, and more from all your favorite services thanks to Roam's long-lasting rechargeable battery. Listen at home with Wi-Fi and easily control the sound with the Sonos app, your voice, and Apple Air Play 2. Use Bluetooth® when you're away. Wi-Fi required for setup. 167 Dutch Cocoa Sugar Cookies Donated by Kelly Gasque ACB staff member Kelly Gasque is a cookie aficionado, who not only loves to eat cookies but also loves to bake them. This recipe for Dutch Cocoa Sugar cookies is her new favorite. Soft and fudgy in the center, these chocolate cookies are rolled in sugar before baking to create a crunchy sweet exterior and are bound to satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth. 168 Medic Therapeutic Handheld Travel Massager Donated by Connie Jacomini This massager has a silent brush motor with four interchangeable massage heads. It comes with a carrying bag and a rechargeable lithium battery and has a life span of two hours per charge. The color is black. Enjoy this massager after a long day! 169 $100 VISA Gift Card Donated by ACB of Oregon Enjoy this card either dining or doing some shopping for you or someone special in your life over the holidays! 170 Holiday Better Batter Box Donated by Christina Brino From impressive dishes that will feed your entire family to decadent desserts that will delight your friends, the holidays are all about food! Our Holiday Better Batter Box makes holiday entertaining so much easier. It includes a large muffin pan, cookie mix, and delicious icing mix, along with step-by-step instructions for three exclusive recipes: Peppermint Cookie Tarts, Mini Turkey Pot Pies, and Gingerbread Muffins with Lemon Glaze. The large muffin pan is made from high-quality, durable carbon steel that evenly cooks baked goods. The nonstick coating releases food easily and offers effortless cleanup and the blue enamel exterior makes it pretty. Our easy-to-make chocolate chip cookie mix uses high-quality and allergen-free flours, it’s soy-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, and made without nuts. What it does have is chocolate cookie goodness. The delicious vanilla buttercream icing mix is bursting with vanilla flavor and available exclusively in the Holiday Better Batter Box. You’ll get a box with a baking pan, baking mix and icing, along with step-by-step instructions. This truly sounds like a fun way to spend some time baking with either some family members or friends over the holidays! 171 Selection of Hand-Painted Fenton Glass Bells Donated by ACB-Ohio in Memory of Jane Spillan Celebrate the holidays with these lovely bells. Each of the four bells has birds, flowers, or strawberries hand painted on lovely glass—and they sound wonderful, too! What a delight to have for your home. 172 Homemade Chocolate Fudge Donated by Zelda Gebhard Three pounds of rich and creamy chocolate fudge in individually wrapped pieces. This fabulous fudge is made with nuts or without and is a “must buy.” Like love, chocolate is always a delight to give or receive. What a treat for the holidays! 173 $100 Starbucks Gift Card Donated by Karen A Blachowicz Everyone loves a good cup of coffee. It’s even better with a friend over the holidays! 174 Louis Braille Silver Dollar Donated by Roberta McCall Louis Braille 2009 Bicentennial Silver Dollar Face side: Louis Braille likeness 1809, Statue of Liberty likeness with Liberty printed across it. Reverse side: Braille written out in Braille. Depiction of someone seated at a desk reading Braille. Behind the person is a bookshelf with the word Independence written in print. Inscription: One Dollar. Includes Certificate of Authenticity issued by Philadelphia Mint and signed by Director United States Mint. This Louis Braille Silver Dollar is in mint condition and is enclosed in a protective plastic cover. 175 Enstrom Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee 2lb Box Donated by Rick Morin The All Natural Traditional Almond Toffee is Handcrafted, Gluten Free, and Kosher Dairy. The perfect blend of almonds, butter, and pure cane sugar, covered in a generous layer of milk chocolate and sprinkled with crushed almonds, creates a buttery toffee with a delicate crunch. Enstrom's Almond Toffee is lovingly handcrafted in small batches with a family recipe passed down through four generations. Includes simple ingredients like fresh California almonds, sweet cream butter, pure cane sugar and 36% milk chocolate. Enstrom's Almond Toffee is certified Gluten Free & Kosher Dairy and 100% Preservative free. We will contact winner to arrange shipment to consider options to avoid heat damage during shipping 176 Echo Dot 4th Generation Donated by The Literacy Project Smart speaker with Alexa has a whole new look. Its round sleek compact design and textured twilight blue finish fit perfectly into small spaces. Enjoy crisp vocals and balanced bass. Play games; listen to news, radio from around the world, podcasts, and music. Enjoy all the Alexa features you've come to know and love. 177A Two Dozen Homemade Shortbread Cookies Donated by Deb Trevino and Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired We are pleased to offer two dozen fresh-baked mouth-watering authentic shortbread cookies guaranteed to explode on your palate with luscious buttery goodness. These are great with milk, coffee, or your favorite tea. Next to Walker's, these are the best I've ever tasted. If you plan to give a tasty treat to someone you love, don’t miss this opportunity! 177B Two Dozen Homemade Shortbread Cookies Donated by Deb Trevino and Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired We are pleased to offer two dozen fresh-baked mouth-watering authentic shortbread cookies guaranteed to explode on your palate with luscious buttery goodness. These are great with milk, coffee, or your favorite tea. Next to Walker's, these are the best I've ever tasted. If you plan to give a tasty treat to someone you love, don’t miss this opportunity! Segment Four - Jeff Thom and Terri Lynn Higashi 178 Temp-Tations Imported Winter Whimsey Holiday Kitchen Collectables Set Donated by Jeff and Lezlie Thom and Adele Moller Each item includes a gift box with a recipe. The set includes: Spatula designed with a picture of a poinsettia and a cardinal with a bamboo handle. The handle is removable for washing. Oval Baker – This all-in-one lidded ceramic dish holds 3 quarts and goes from the oven to the table to the fridge (or freezer). Features Wembley the reindeer, Penny the Penguin, Mr. Bojingles the Snowman, and Gumdrop the Gingerbread Man. Is dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer-safe, and oven-safe up to 500F. Wembley Reindeer Stacking Salt and Pepper Shaker Set - Top shaker is reindeer head and bottom shaker is coffee cup shaped. This set of salt and pepper shakers is designed to stack so your countertop can be clutter free. Includes base shaker, top shaker, and gift box. Seasonal Stacking Set of 2 Figural Spoon Rests - These ceramic spoon rests make great gifts for the at-home chefs on your gift list who love to cook. They feature Wembley the Reindeer and Gumdrop the Gingerbread Man. Wembley the Reindeer Apron with Detachable Cotton Towel – Marathon cookie bake-offs and holiday hosting just got much more fun! Apron has a ruffle hem, adjustable neck and waist ties. Set of 2 Ceramic Merry Chefs Ornaments - The ornaments include: Chef Wembley the Reindeer and Chef Gumdrop. the Gingerbread Man. Each ornament has a recipe on the back. Set of 4 Placemats – Feature Wembley the Reindeer, Penny the Penguin, Mr. Bojingles the Snowman, and Gumdrop the Gingerbread Man. For indoor/outdoor use. 179 $140 Gift Certificate to Chicago Prime Steakhouse Donated by The Literacy Project Chicago Prime Steakhouse is the only family-owned Prime Steakhouse in the entire Northwest Suburbs nestled in an ocean of national chain restaurants. We pride ourselves on the personal touch and outstanding cuts of meat, seafood, chops and feature a cigar friendly outdoor covered patio. Expires July 9, 2023. 180 Flavors of Hawaii Basket Donated by the Hawaii Association of the Blind This basket is a Lauhala woven basket filled with treats made in Hawaii: 2 Manoa Chocolate bars - 70% dark chocolate, 1 package of Hawaii Selection’s Mac nut chocolate chip cookies, 1 package of Hawaiian Seasoning mix by Kailua Seasoning Company, 1 Jar of Rare Hawaiian Kiawe Honey with Lilikoi Purée, 1 package Vanilla Mac nut caramels from Sweet Brown Hawaii. 181 Handmade Purse Made from Recycled Jeans Donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland, WA The purse is made from the upper part of the jeans making use of the existing pockets as the purse pockets. The legs are cut up and used to make the straps. This purse has double handles. Purse is 15 inches wide by 16 inches. The purse has a decorative white, blue, and yellow plaid tie belt and is lined with the same fabric. 182 One Pound Homemade Fudge Donated by Patty Slaby Choose one kind to complete the pound or select one half pound of two favorites. Choices include: chocolate, (dark or regular) chocolate mint, pistachio, peanut butter, gingerbread, etc. What a fantastic treat for the holiday season. Yum, Yum! 183 $100 Restaurant Gift Card Donated by AAVL This Amazon gift card is for some of your favorite restaurants: Red Lobster, Red Robin, Cheesecake Factory, and BJ Brewhouse. So, whether you like seafood with those scrumptious Cheddar Bay biscuits, burgers, pizza, yummy desserts, or many types of delectable meals, this gift card is for you. 184 Radiant Multiple Gemstones Necklace Donated in loving memory of Margaret Higashi of Hawaii Artist Greg Kemppainen from Hilo, Hawaii created this 17-inch necklace to represent the solar system. He took the distance between the planets and found a common denominator. The gemstone planets are proportionally the same distance as the planets in the solar system. When he added Pluto, it became too large for a bracelet. He added the sun and created the parallel universe necklace. The clasp is sterling silver. The ring around Saturn is rose gold-plated sterling silver. The planets are as follows: Sun –sunstone, Mercury -Picasso jasper, Venus-picture jasper, Earth-azurite-malachite, Moon-moonstone, Mars-red jasper, Jupiter-zebra jasper, Saturn-conch shell, Uranus-amazonite, Neptune-lapis lazuli, and Pluto-copper glass bead. Also, included is a glass pineapple dish that you can use to place you rings and other jewelry. The family of the late Margaret Higashi wanted to donate this necklace in memory of her. She loved jewelry and always took extra time in picking out the one that would match her outfit best. 185 The Pocket Bible Donated by Rev. Ray Raysor, President DC Council of the Blind The Pocket Bible is a self-contained digital device that contains the entire Bible. It is about the size of the old cassette tapes and has navigation buttons that allow forward and backward movement by both book and chapter. It has no moving parts and is rugged and water resistant. The Pocket Bible has both an internal speaker and an earphone jack. English Standard Version King James Version New King James Version New American Standard Version New International Version (NIV) New Living Translation ® Audio Bibles in Spanish also Available. 186 One-Year License for Office 365 Donated by Anthony Corona and Sunday Edition Make the most of your Microsoft 365 Premium Office apps and more. Make life more creative, organized, and secure. Install Office apps on your favorite devices including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Now it’s easier than ever to write, design, and share seamlessly across your devices. You get smart assistance features as soon as they are released in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint so you’re always working with the latest. Now you can manage multiple calendars in one view to stay on top of work meetings, remote schooling, and family time. Back up your files with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage. 187 50-Piece Assorted Karl Bissinger Chocolates Donated by the Missouri Council of the Blind The Bissinger's "Classic” is a timeless collection bearing the name of our founder, Karl Bissinger, because it includes an assortment of our most classically crafted, longstanding recipes. Enjoy these confection-case favorites that our customers have savored from generation to generation. You'll discover signature pieces including Bear Claws Royale, handcrafted Signature Truffles and other best-selling confections of Caramels, French Cremes, Creme Mints, and our iconic Solid Dark Chocolate B. 188 Temp-Tations Imported Winter Whimsey Holiday Kitchen Collectables Set Two Donated by Jeff and Lezlie Thom and Adele Moller Each item includes a gift box with a recipe. The set includes: One spatula designed with a picture of a poinsettia and a cardinal with a bamboo handle. The handle is removable for washing. Special edition two-quart ceramic bowl. It’s the perfect home for your favorite sides. Tactile characters in and out of bowl featuring Wembley the reindeer, Penny the Penguin, Mr. Bojingles the Snowman, and Gumdrop the Gingerbread Man. Is dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer-safe, and oven-safe up to 500F. Wembley Reindeer Stacking Salt and Pepper Shaker Set - Top shaker is reindeer head and bottom shaker is coffee cup shaped. This set of salt and pepper shakers is designed to stack so your countertop can be clutter free. Includes base shaker, top shaker, and gift box. Seasonal Stacking Set of 2 Figural Spoon Rests - These ceramic spoon rests make great gifts for the at-home chefs on your gift list who love to cook. They feature Penny the Penguin and Mr. Bojingles the Snowman. Penny the Penguin apron with Detachable Cotton Towel – Marathon cookie bake-offs and holiday hosting just got much more fun! Apron has a ruffle hem, adjustable neck and waist ties. Set of 2 Ceramic Merry Chefs Ornaments – Each ornament has a recipe on the back. The Merry chefs are Penny the Penguin and Mr. Bojingles the Snowman. Set of 4 Placemats – Feature Wembley the Reindeer, Penny the Penguin, Mr. Bojingles the Snowman, and Gumdrop the Gingerbread Man. For indoor/outdoor use. 189 $100 Gift Card for Honey-Baked Ham Store Donated by California Council of the Blind Get your holiday ham or turkey, plus scrumptious sides from the Honey-Baked Ham Store. What a treat for your holiday season! 190 The Virginia Package Donated by ACB of Virginia ACBVA action package includes: $50 gift certificate to Shop Made in Virginia where they are dedicated to showcasing the talents of Virginia-based designers, artists, and makers. Plus, a $25 Amazon gift card, “Hey Virginia” themed T-shirt, and a pack of orange mint scented steamers for the shower. What a fantastic package to enjoy yourself or to give as a gift for someone special! 191 Guide Dog Get Up and Go Bundle Donated by KaeAnn Rausch This bundle includes: a portable water bottle that says “Pet Care” on it, de shetter razor, small wire brush, waste bag carrier that goes on a leash, chew toy for the dog, collapsible clip spoon for measuring dog food and you can clip it on the bag of food, collapsible water dog dish, an American flag kerchief, all-purpose pet cloth, rubber hard bone chew toy, designer waste pick up bags and a ZippyPaws Adventure Safety Vest that fits on the dog and is for a large dog. This truly is a treat for your favorite pet or guide dog! 192 Holiday Mini Whoopie Pies, Set of 20 Donated by Peggy and Robert Carpenter Everything you love about big whoopie pies in a tiny, equally tasty size – a perfectly shareable size for holiday parties and family gatherings. Mini set includes 4 Classic Chocolate, 4 Pumpkin, 4 Red Velvet, 4 Gingerbread and 4 Peppermint. Classic, Red Velvet, Pumpkin and Gingerbread cake shells are filled with fluffy vanilla cream. Peppermint features dark chocolate cake shells filled with fluffy peppermint-flavored cream. May contain or come in contact with wheat, egg, soy, milk, nuts or peanuts. Will remain fresh for seven days with no refrigeration. Store in freezer for up to 12 months. Each mini whoopie pie is 2½ inches in diameter. Made in Maine. 193 $125 Gift Certificate to Al’s Family Farms Donated by Florida Council of the Blind Since 1977, Al’s Family Farms in Fort Pierce, Florida, has been shipping fruit. Florida Council of the Blind is donating a $125 gift certificate inclusive of shipping for your munching pleasure. Their most popular fruits are navel oranges, honeybells, and ruby red grapefruit. Their catalog includes a wide variety of items from specialty fruits and vegetables, a holiday dried fruit tray; and from the bake shop: nuts, orange lover’s cake, downhome pecan pie, fudge, double double chocolate cake, key lime cake, and a mini cake sampler. When you are done eating, use their citrus hand cream to soften your hands. Call their toll-free number at 800-544-3366. Their website is www.alsfamilyfarms.com. Enjoy delicious fruits and sweets from FCB. 194 Get Up and Get Moving with Couch to Active Donated by ACB First Vice President Deb Cook Lewis This online fitness program specializes in helping people who have chronic conditions or physical limitations that impact their ability to participate in standard fitness programs. More recently, they have expanded to make sure all their instructional resources and classes are accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. You may choose between: The 6-pack: Six classes over the next year. This is ideal if you want to have instruction once a month or once a week. All In! Up to nine sessions per week for one month. These include Pilates, yoga, strength, mobility/stability, dance /movement, and cardio. 195 Handmade Teal and Purple Rag Quilt Donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland, WA A rag quilt is a quilt that is made by stacking strips of flannel 3 layers thick and sewing the 3-layer sections together with seams exposed. The exposed seams in the front are then cut into decorative fringes that curl and fray when washed to create a decorative 3D fringe. The fringes give the rag quilt a lovely and unique look. This rag quilt alternates with strips of 2 different fabrics - a teal blue watercolor looking flannel that looks like splashes of light and dark teal and another print with swirls of roses, hearts, and stars in both teal and purple. Measures 60 by 62 inches. 196 Ready, Set, Cook by ACB Next Gen Donated by Next Gen Affiliate This package includes a newly released cookbook, as well as some Pampered Chef tools to make cooking even easier. Pampered Chef items include adjustable measuring spoons, measuring cups, large sheet pan, Mix ‘n Chop, and small scoop. Adjustable measuring spoons: Set of two, ⅛–1 tsp., and 1 tsp.–1 Tbsp. Measuring Cups: Cups snap together at the handles and nest for compact storage. Six sizes go beyond your average measuring cup set to include ¼, ⅓, ½, ⅔, ¾ and 1 cup. The clear, durable plastic design sits flat on countertops for easy measuring, and resists stains and odors. Includes a leveler for accurate measuring. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Large Sheet Pan combines the strength and durability of steel with the superior heat conduction of aluminum—just like the pans professional bakers choose. The improved coating prevents food from sticking and keeps your pan looking great. The rolled edges and wire rims prevent warping, and the high sides keep food from overflowing. The large size is great for extra-large batches of cookies. Mix 'N Chop - The unique, beveled pinwheel blades make it easy to chop and crumble food. It’s a customer favorite for finely crumbling and browning ground beef, turkey, and sausage. It can quickly mash up avocadoes and eggs, and you can even crush tomatoes for a chunky tomato sauce. Soft-grip handle and thumb rest make it comfortable to hold; Heat-resistant to 428°F (220°C); and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Small Scoop: this heavy-duty stainless-steel scoop is great for evenly portioning batters, doughs, fillings, and salads. Squeeze-action handles allow for convenient one-handed use. Approximately 1 Tbsp. Dishwasher-safe. 197 Tony’s Energy Bar Delight Donated by Anthony Akamine and Terri Lynn Higashi, members of Hawaii Association of the Blind Mele Kalikimaka…Merry Christmas in Hawaiian. This item is back by popular demand. One banana bread loaf full of love and joy packed with bananas and walnuts. If you don’t like bananas, we can use mangos. Also, to add to the yummy delight Anthony’s mom’s energy bar treats are always a hit. Get a bag of these yummy treats packed with Rice Krispies, oatmeal, raisins, peanut butter, and nuts made by Anthony and perfect for the holidays. 198 Six “It’s a Winter Festival” T-Shirts Donated by Tricia Waechter of Blind Girl Designs Bid on a chance to get a bundle of six snowflake print, short sleeve crewneck t-shirts printed on vivid holiday green. Everyone can join because we will print on any sizes you pick, unisex sizes infant to 5XL. Of course, the center of the party is a large white snowflake chest print created by crossing four roller ball canes, adding a few “v” shapes to each spoke of the cane to give the snowflake outlook. We added a generous sprinkling of mini snowflakes all over the chest print. You will be a merry group with these t-shirts on! Let us know how merry you are! Send us your selfies and we will post them on all our social media, including our website: www.blindgirldesigns.com 199 $100 VISA Gift Card Donated by The American Council of Blind Lions Enjoy this card either dining or doing some shopping for you or someone special over the holidays! 200 Hawaiian Breakfast Basket Donated by the Hawaii Association of the Blind A Lauhala woven basket filled with delicious breakfast items made in Hawaii: 1 jar of Lilikoi butter by Liko Lehua, 1 jar of mango pineapple jam by Hawaiian Sun, 1 jar or Mac nut peanut butter from Hawaii Selection, 1 jar of Rare Hawaiian White Kiawe Honey, 1 package dried pineapple from Uncle Mikey’s, 1 package toasted coconut coffee. 201 Chukar Cherries Holiday Trio Tin Donated by Washington Council of the Blind Enjoy this 18-ounce tin filled with chocolate hazelnut cherries, classic dark chocolate cherries, and raspberry truffles. What a delight to have for the holidays! 202 Gift of Aloha Donated in memory of Vicki Johnson, Hawaii This item is donated in loving memory of Vicki Johnson by her husband Kenny. Vickie loved salt and pepper shakers, windchimes, and eating at Cheesecake Factory. These wooden salt and pepper shakers look like bongo drums with crisscross lines on the sides. They come with a holder that has a wooden green and brown palm tree in the middle. The salt and pepper shakers sit perfectly between the palm tree. This item also includes a black and white dolphin silver wind chime. The dolphin is swimming in the blue water at the very top of the wind chime. Ten silver cylinders hang down and will make a beautiful melody in the in the wind. Lastly, indulge yourself and your friends with a $100.00 Cheesecake Factory gift card. 203 Book of Honey Donated by Georgia Council of the Blind Feels like a book but when you open, it contains six 3-oz. jars of our most popular honeys—Tupelo, Lavender, Saw Palmetto, Wildflower, Rosemary, and Orange Blossom. They come together as a nifty sampler packaged in a beautiful binding. Selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2021! *Varieties may change depending on the season Note: The reason bees make such a buzz is because they beat their wings more than 11,400 times a minute. 204 Two Pounds of See’s Candy and Homemade Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies made by Linda Allison and Donated by RSVA These homemade peanut butter cookies have a generous helping of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips. They are very addictive. You will enjoy two dozen cookies, packaged fresh and shipped to winner plus two pounds of See’s Candy- the winner’s choice of dark chocolate or milk chocolate.
Appetizer Auction Rules and Information Contact Leslie Spoone at 407 678-0075 or 407 678-4163 or email at [email protected] with your bid. Please provide your name, phone number, email, item number and bid amount. Opening bids are Included. Bids must be in $5.00 increments. Leslie will send out Appetizer Auction information communicating the high bid on each item at 5:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET each day. Billing for both the Sneak-a-Peek Appetizer Auction and the Holiday Auction will take place the week of November 28 for the total amount of all winning purchases. The auction items must be paid by December 19. ACB Auction Disclaimer The American Council of the Blind conducts fundraising auctions with the purpose of providing financial support for our programs and services. We thank those individuals, organizations, and businesses who donate items for our auctions. To participate as a bidder, we ask that you be courteous to one another, to those who are conducting the auction and to those who will be contacting the winning bidders to arrange for payment. It is expected that any winning bidder will, after being contacted by anyone connected to the auction, provide proper billing information prior to the auction item being sent to them. If we do not successfully collect the bid amount, we reserve the right to repurpose the item to the benefit of ACB. We reserve the right to block any individual not following the guidelines during the auction or from participating in any future auction. Day One Opens Friday, November 25 at 12:00 noon ET Closes Saturday, November 26 at 12:00 noon ET Auction Items 301-330 301 Logitech Wired Headset, Stereo Headphones with Noise-Cancelling Microphone donated by Dan Spoone Opening Bid $30 These stereo headphones have Noise-Cancelling Microphone, USB, In Line Controls, PC Mac Laptop and are Black. Optimum Comfort: PC headphones with plush, padded headband and ear cups. Noise-Cancelling Qualities: A rotating microphone that minimizes background noise for clear calls. 302 Hand Knitted Dishcloths and $25 Starbucks Gift Card donated by Roberta McCall Opening Bid $25 Enjoy five beautiful handknitted dishcloths. The cotton cloths come in a variety of colors: lemon yellow, soft violet, coral, denim blue, medium blue, green, and others. You will receive a random collection of colors. Each cloth is approximately 7 by 7 inches square. Entice your taste buds with a warm drink with this $25 Starbucks Card to bid the winter chill away. 303 Insignia 32-Inch Smart Television with Amazon Fire Donated by Dan Spoone Opening Bid $80 Insignia HD Smart TV - Fire TV Edition delivers 720p picture quality with deep blacks and rich colors. With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more. 304 Two 32 Ounce Bottles of Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Donated by Connie Jacomini Opening Bid $25 Enjoy 32-ounce bottles of Senorita Margarita shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. Also, enjoy 32-ounce bottles of Rain Forrest Dew shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. These products will make you feel fresh and give you elegance! 305 10 Carat Angel Wing Necklace Donated by The Literacy Project Opening Bid $30 This lovely 18-inch timeless gold necklace in a form of an angel wing will look fantastic with any outfit! This necklace is always in style? Truly a must for either yourself or someone special in your life. 306 This Is Your Life; In Words Donated by Anthony Corona Opening Bid $25 Anthony Corona of Sunday Edition and Award-Winning Associated Press Writer/Editor offers this unique opportunity. Bid here for an AP Style article (human interest (editorial or press release) written and edited by this talented writer. Maybe you have wanted to tell your story, highlight a project or opportunity, the possibilities are endless. This package includes a virtual set of interviews to prepare the article/piece, a professional written and edited, formatted article and advice/tips for publication. This package can also be a great gift so let’s get the story hot to the presses. 307 One Pound of Homemade Fudge of Your Choice Donated by Patty Slaby Opening Bid $40 Choose one kind to complete the pound or one-half pound of two favorites. Choices may include chocolate, (dark or regular) chocolate mint, pistachio, peanut butter, gingerbread, etc. What a fantastic treat for the holiday season. Yum, Yum! 308 $100 VISA Gift Card Donated by Angelo Lanier Opening Bid $60 Enjoy this card over the holidays either dining or doing some shopping for you or someone special in your life! 309 Shell hematite and rose quartz necklace donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland, WA Opening Bid $30 This beautiful handmade necklace is 23 inches long. It alternates chip beads of polished shell rosé quartz and hematite. 310 Two Dozen Homemade Shortbread Cookies Donated by Deb Trevino and Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired Opening Bid $30 We are pleased to offer two dozen fresh-baked mouth-watering authentic shortbread cookies guaranteed to explode on your palate with luscious buttery goodness. These are great with milk, coffee, or your favorite tea. Next to Walker's, these are the best I've ever tasted. If you plan to give a tasty treat to someone you love, don’t miss this opportunity! 311 Welcome Sign by Temptations Donated by Connie Jacomini Opening Bid $25 This sign is for indoor or covered outdoor use. It has multiple cut outs for each holiday season of the year. It is a woodened sign has a white background with black letters that say “Welcome,” eucalyptus leaves and a burlap bow accent the top of the sign. It comes with the burlap to hang on your door. This sign is 14 inches by 10 inches and is oval shaped. Each of the cut outs are magnetized to fit where the O in welcome goes. What a wonderful conversation piece to have for your home! 312 Handmade Crochet Lap Quilt Donated by Nancy Mereno Opening Bid $25 Enjoy snuggling with this handmade crochet lap blanket with turquoise, olive, gold, blue, pink, yellow and red stripes. Measures 42 inches by 38 inches. What a treat to have for yourself or give to someone special for the holidays! 313 Two Quarts Vermont Maple Syrup, $25 Gift Card to IHOP and $25 Starbucks Gift Card Donated by Vermont Council and Leslie Spoone Opening Bid $50 The syrup provides a naturally sweet, rich, and smooth taste. A pronounced maple flavor makes Amber Rich maple syrup a favorite for table and all-around use. At Butternut Mountain Farm, we know our syrup! Also includes a $25 IHOP gift card and to top it off an excellent cup of coffee to enjoy the morning with someone special in your life! 314 Air pods Donated by Roberta McCall Opening Bid $25 The ultimate personal listening experience is here. Air Pods Max combine high-fidelity audio with industry-leading Active Noise Cancellation to deliver an unparalleled listening experience. Each part of their custom-built driver works to produce sound with ultra-low distortion across the audible range. From deep, rich bass to accurate mids and crisp, clean highs, you’ll hear every note with a new sense of clarity. Air Pods Max inherit all of the wireless, effortless magic of the Air Pods family. From setup to Siri commands, they make the listening experience completely fluid day to day, device to device. 315 Let’s Have a Party Blind Girl Designs Style Donated by Tricia Waechter Opening Bid $25 You can bid on a bundle of six short sleeve crewneck red T-shirts, hand printed with a fabulous and fun Christmas tree crafted from rollerball canes! Of course, the sizes range from unisex infant (including a onesie) to 5 XL, so everyone can join in the fun! You pick the sizes, and we’ll make it happen! The tree is formed by turning two rollerball canes upside down and bending the joints. The base of the tree is the handles, and the top of the tree, where the stars ordinarily would be, are two roller balls. There are eight darling ornaments in the shape of roller balls, of course, all around the tree. They are each individually designed. The boughs of the tree are created by bright green squiggles all over, the outlook is bright and beautiful. Speaking of beautiful-Send us images of you and your group having fun in our t’s, and we’ll post them on all of our social media, including our website: www.blindgirldesigns.com 316 Brookstone 8-Inch Digital Picture Frame Donated by Judy Okraski Opening Bid $20 Enjoy your pictures in this 8-inch photo frame. It has a 24-megabyte built in memory which you can download pictures from your PC to the photo frame. This digital photo frame is compatible with most digital cameras, media cards, smart media cards, memory sticks and USB flash drives. The frames are wooden and brown. You can enjoy this photo frame either on a coffee table or a mantle with some pictures from the holidays. 317 Chukar Cherries Holiday Hazelnut Cherry Tin Donated by Washington Council of the Blind Opening Bid $50 Enjoy this 16-ounce tin of Washington Bing cherries in premium milk chocolate and crushed Oregon hazelnuts. What a delight to have for the holidays! 318 $50 Gift Card to Olive Garden Donated by Jim Warman, Pinellas Council of the Blind Opening Bid $35 Enjoy this gift card with someone special or just splurge on yourself. Don’t forget those scrumptious breadsticks! 319 Handmade Puka Bead Necklace Donated by Becky Hawkins Opening Bid $30 Enjoy this 18-inch navy blue puka bead necklace. The necklace has a silver and standard clasp. This will dress up an outfit for an evening out over the holidays! 320 Homemade Bridges Pumpkin Bread Donated by Rebecca Bridges Opening Bid $30 Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a party, this bread will delight all who love pumpkin any time of day. Recipe makes two small loaves. Can be made with chocolate chips, or gluten-free if requested. 321 Handmade Purse made from recycled jeans Donated by Keri Bishop Opening Bid $25 The purse is made from the upper part of the jeans making use of the existing pockets as the purse pockets. Purse is 15 inches wide by 17 inches deep. This cute, cross body style bag has a strap made from a coordinating navy and brown jungle themed print flannel and has a tie belt and lining made from the same fabric. 322 $50 Omaha Steaks Gift Card donated by ACB of Nebraska Opening Bid $35 Everyone loves a good steak! Omaha Steaks offers a wide selection of high-quality meats that are delivered to your doorstep. Yum, Yum! 323 Bedroom Ensemble and OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Donated by ACB Minnesota Office Opening Bid $35 Enjoy these two 6.25 inch by 3 inch by 3 inch OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers. One 6- piece white 450 thread count 100% Egyptian Cotton Sateen Queen Size Sheet Set. Includes: one flat sheet, one extra deep fitted sheet, four standard pillowcases. Two Allergy Free Jumbo Pillows 20 inch by 28 inch. One full-queen 92 inch by 96 inch Laura Ashley Down Alternative Comforter which is white with a rose-colored paisley trim along the outside edges. 324 Single Serve Waffle Maker Donated by Jeanette Kutash Opening Bid $20 This is a white, single serve waffle maker, with a 4-inch serving surface. This perfectly portioned, non-stick surface, is a compact size and fits in any kitchen. There are exclusive recipes inside, including: Classic Waffles, Denver Omelet Waffles, Scallion-Cheddar Hashbrown Waffles, Cheesy Cauliflower Waffles, Cinnamon-roll Protein Waffles. Note that while recipes are supplied, any waffle recipe can be used, and the measurable amount for the surface for each waffle is ½ cup. The winner receiving this item will be emailed the recipes, and there is a booklet that comes with the item with all the information needed. 325 Single Serve Keurig K Coffee Maker Donated by Chapters At Large Members Florida Council of the Blind Opening Bid $40 This Keurig K Express Essentials single serve coffee maker has these sizes: 6,8 and 10 ounces freshly made for each individual cup. It includes 36 ounces of a removable reservoir. This space saving coffee maker is 6.5 inches wide and 12 inches tall. There are four easy buttons that have been brailed by Tyson Ernst: Button 10 ounces, button 8 ounces, button 6 ounces and the on and off button. The color of this coffee maker is tropical blue. Upon completion of registration of your new Keurig single cup coffee maker, you will receive 50% on the purchase of five boxes of 24 count or less K cups at Keurig.com/new. Offers expires 6/30/2023. 326 Homemade Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies made by Linda Allison and Donated by Tennessee Council of the Blind Opening Bid $30 These homemade peanut butter cookies have a generous helping of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips and they are very addictive. You will enjoy two dozen cookies, packaged fresh and shipped to winner. What a treat to have with your favorite beverage over the holidays! 327 $50 Amazon Gift Card Donated by Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired Opening Bid $35 It’s time to treat yourself to something special and here’s a gift card to help you do it. $50 in spending at Amazon! 328 Amazon Fire TV Stick Donated by Judy Okraski Opening Bid $25 The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a device joining the ranks of home entertainment streaming technologies. The Fire Stick plugs into your TV’s HDMI port giving you access to your favorite TV shows, movies, music, games, photos and more. It has both screen reading and magnification capability and is accessible to the blind and visually impaired community. You can watch Prime Video, Netflix, Disney, and much more all with audio description. 329 Homemade Chocolate Oat Bars Donated by Melissa Dubose Opening Bid $25 This adorable Snowflake Tin measuring 7-1/8 inch by 2-5/8 inch with a 2-liter capacity will be filled with homemade chocolate oatmeal bars. Made with a brown sugar and oat crust topping and a rich chocolate filling made with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Your choice of dark or semi-sweet chocolate. Chopped pecans or walnuts are optionally added to the filling for the extra crunch. 330 Two Pounds of Godiva Assorted Chocolates Donated by Pat Spoone Opening Bid $40 This Goldmark Collection of Godiva assorted chocolates are a perfect holiday treat! You will receive two decorative boxes with individual pictures and descriptions of each unique chocolate featured in the Goldmark Collection. Happy Holidays! Day Two Opens Saturday, November 26 at 12:00 noon ET Closes Sunday, November 27 at 12:00 noon ET Auction Items 331-362 331 $50 Rada Cutlery Gift Certificate Donated by ACB Board Director Donna Brown Opening Bid $35 For the cook of the house or the wanna-be cook, cutlery from Rada is made in the USA and is guaranteed for life. Choose from a variety of knives, utensils, pans, food mixes, and more. Items will be shipped from the factory directly to your home. 332 Homemade Fudge Donated by Nora M. Martin Member of Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired Opening Bid $50 Celebrate the holidays with this 3-pound box of rich creamy fudge that comes pre-cut into bite sized pieces! Having a big gathering? Easy to serve in those bite sized pieces to make whatever size portion you want. Want to serve it in smaller amounts throughout the holiday season or even keep some for later? This fudge refrigerates well for up to several weeks if packed like most refrigerated products. This versatile treat is made of sugar, butter, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, and vanilla extract. No nuts in the fudge or the kitchen where it is made. You will love this scrumptious treat with some friends or family over the holidays! 333 Be Your Beacon with Life Coach Gabriel Donated by ACB Board Director Gabriel Lopez Kafati Opening Bid $20 Gabriel Lopez Kafati will share his transformational life-coaching practice with you! The winner of this package will receive three coaching sessions with Gabriel. You will get to explore how your daily life aligns with your values and you will start on your path towards becoming your own beacon. 334 23-Inch Necklace Designed and Donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland, WA Opening Bid $30 This beautiful handmade necklace is made from 20 mm coin-shaped, brown mother of pearl beads, 5 mm round hematite beads, and 8 mm round clear quartz beads. Pattern: coin shaped mother of pearl, round hematite, round clear quartz, round hematite then repeats. 335 $50 Longhorn Steakhouse Gift Card Donated by Jim Warman, Pinellas Council of the Blind Opening Bid $35 Enjoy having some laughs with either your family or friends with this gift card over the holidays! Longhorn is famous for their signature steaks, salmon, and chicken. 336 Collection of Five Beekman Prestige Perfumes in a Holiday Tin Donated by Connie Jacomini Opening Bid $25 Enjoy five, 4-ounce prestige perfumes. These Beekman perfumes are in regal bottles with a silver crown cap. The fragrances are honey grapefruit, lavender, vanilla, ylang ylang tuberose, and apricot and honey tea. The top of the round tin is adorned with Christmas bells and says Beekman 1802. Wow, you will smell wonderful with this package of perfumes for the holidays. 337 Three Dozen Sinful Tinfull Cookies Donated by ACB Board Director Terry Pacheco Opening Bid $30 Enjoy these scrumptious cookies! A variety of options are available including gluten-free almond macaroons and chocolate chip as well as Terry’s favorites – cranberry oatmeal and chocolate chunk with a hint of cinnamon. Winner may call Sinful Tinfull at 516-384-8583 to select varieties and place their order. 338 Cafe Che Che Coffee Donated by Sheri Richardson Opening Bid $40 Enjoy five pounds of this rich and wonderful coffee with your friends or family. Lisa Petke, the owner of Cafe Che Che roasts small batch, single origin, specialty coffee and delivers it to your doorstep. She says, “All of my beans are ethically and sustainably grown and sourced. I’m passionate about good coffee, and about supporting small farmers and workers in developing countries”. This is truly heaven for the coffee lover! 339 Homemade Caramel Brownies Donated by Judy Okraski Opening Bid $30 8 inch by 11-inch pan of caramel brownies. You will enjoy these scrumptious homemade caramel brownies with or without nuts. Enjoy them either by yourself or with some friends over the holidays! 340 The Pocket Bible Donated by Rev. Ray Raysor, President DC Council of the Blind Opening Bid $40 The Pocket Bible is a self-contained digital device that contains the entire Bible. It is about the size of the old cassette tapes and has navigation buttons that allow forward and backward movement by both book and chapter. It has no moving parts and is rugged and water resistant. The Pocket Bible has both an internal speaker and an earphone jack. English Standard Version King James Version New King James Version New American Standard New International Version (NIV) New Living Translation ® Audio Bibles in Spanish also Available 341 Handmade Dropped Earrings Donated by Becky Hawkins Opening Bid $25 Enjoy these powdered pink drop earrings. They have round beads with silver earring hooks. What a wonderful gift for yourself or someone special in your life! 342 $50 Amazon Gift Card Donated by ACB Arkansas Quazar Chapter Opening Bid $35 It’s time to treat yourself to something special and here’s a gift card to help you do it. $50 in spending at Amazon! 343 Two Homemade Pound Cakes Donated by Deb Trevino and Delaware Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired Opening Bid $30 You will enjoy these mouthwatering pound cakes, just the way your Granny used to make. Two standard loaf-sized cakes for you to enjoy or share with someone special. Dense, heavy, rich, and flavorful with more eggs and butter than I will admit. One loaf will be banana-nut and the other, almond with chocolate chips. Once you’ve tried this cake, you will never settle for light and airy store-bought pound cake. May the pounds in this cake be left behind in 2022. 344 Handmade His and Hers Apple Watch Bands Donated by Keri Bishop of Kirkland, Washington Opening Bid $20 Handmade made macrame Apple watch bands in green and red for Christmas. Hers will fit 38/40/41mm watches and has the round button and green loop fastener. His has the square button and will fit 42/44/45/49mm watches and has the red loop fastener. Fastens like a toggle clasp. The loop goes over the button to fasten the band. One side has a loop the other the button. The band size is adjustable as you can decide the placement of the knot below the button. Both bands are connected to silver tone metal watch connectors. 345 $50 VISA Gift Card Donated by Oklahoma Council of the Blind Opening Bid $35 Enjoy this card over the holidays either dining or doing some shopping for you or someone special in your life! 346 Eddie Bauer Women’s Adventure Backpack Donated by Connie Jacomini Opening Bid $30 You will love having this women’s adult cranberry and black trimmed adventure backpack. This backpack has multiple pockets with zippers and strong shoulder straps. What a fantastic gift for that special lady in your life. 347 Handmade Fourth of July package Donated by Merrilee Hill-Kennedy Opening Bid $25 This package includes: Fourth of July Pinwheel Quilted Table Topper This is a 23-inch square, cotton quilted table topper in a fourth-of-July pinwheel design hand sewn by Merrilee Hill-Kennedy. The quilted table topper has four mottled blue and four red, white, and blue star patterned half square triangles sewn together to create a pinwheel design, with a solid white border framing the quilt front, and a mottled blue cotton backing. The table topper was handsewn together with a soft cotton batting in the middle and finished off with handsewn quilting stitches around the half-square triangles. This will make a beautiful centerpiece on any table! Fourth of July Potholder This is a 10-inch square, cotton potholder in a red, white, and blue Fourth-of-July pattern with pictures of flags and USA text. The backing is solid navy and has two slots where you can put your fingers and thumb to make it easier to grip your pots. The inside layer has a thermal batting to help protect it from heat. It can also be used to place hot plates on top of your counter. Fourth of July Coaster Set This is a set of four Fourth of July cotton coasters in a blue sparkly star pattern on top, with a red and white backing. The back side of the coasters have two half-square triangles, one red and one white, which can be used to slide the bottom of your wine glass into for a wine glass coaster. Or you can use the top side for a regular coaster. These are approximately 5" square. Dish Cloth and Dish Towel You will also get a handmade knitted red, white and blue striped dish cloth and hanging towel that folds over a handle and buttons closed. 348 Six Loaves of Homemade Sweet Breads Donated by Patty Slaby Opening Bid $40 Choice of bread: banana, banana-cherry, banana chocolate, banana-pineapple, banana-zucchini, butterscotch, cherry, chocolate chip, chocolate zucchini, date nut, eggnog, eggnog-cherry, lemon, lemon-cream cheese, pina colada (with tropical flavor), pineapple, pineapple-zucchini, pistachio, raisin, pumpkin, and apple. These would truly be a delight to have with some friends or family over the holidays! 349 $100 Walmart Gift Card Donated by Mary Haupt Opening Bid $60 Enjoy this opportunity to fill your basket with treats for your family and friends. This $100 gift card should even provide a chance for a special gift for yourself for the holidays! 350 Idealworks Talking Scale Donated by Connie Jacomini Opening Bid $30 This is a glass scale and can have multiple users. The scale will indicate each individual user and there can be up to four users for this scale. With this stylish, comfortable scale, you'll never have to bend over again to see your weight. A pleasant, easy to hear voice with adjustable volume tells you your weight. You'll also appreciate the large and bright LED display and easy tap on and auto off functions. 351 Mary Kay Satin Hands Set Donated by Nancy Folsom Opening Bid $30 This 3-step process will leave your hands and feet feeling soft, smooth, and luxurious! The Satin Hands set softens, exfoliates, and moisturizes each time you use it. Now that we are washing our hands more than ever, this set is great for guys and gals to help keep your hands healthy! You will love how great your hands feel! You can use it on your feet as well. 352 A Basket of Treats and a $25 Starbucks Gift Card Donated by Tessa Kelly Opening Bid $35 Enjoy these scrumptious treats: one large Pecan Divinity Bar, Juicy Drops, Sweet and Sour Candy Chew, Gummy Pops, Orange and Cream Lifesavers, Old Fashion Country Candy Pecan Log, a brick of Kettle Cooked Chocolate Fudge and a brick of Kettle Cooked Maple Praline Pecan Fudge, plus a box of chocolate banana cream covered coco biscuit sticks. Also, you can enjoy sipping a cup of coffee while you are snacking on all of these goodies! 353 Handmade Puka Shell Bracelet Donated by Becky Hawkins Opening Bid $25 This beautiful light brown puka shell bracelet has a gold claw clasp. This would make a great gift for yourself or someone special in your life for the holidays! 354 A Flameless L.E.D. Snowman Lantern Donated by The ACB Minnesota Office Opening Bid $20 Enjoy this 18 by 12-inch ceramic LED Snowman dressed in a lime green jacket with two tan colored buttons, black and white striped shirt, red scarf, and black cap. Eight star-shaped cut outs are sprinkled around the snowman enabling the illumination to shine through. Batteries and timer included. One small chip in the paint on the back of the jacket resembles a clump of snow. What a fantastic gift to have for the holidays! 355 Bissell AeroSlim Series 2986 Handheld Vacuum Donated by Connie Jacomini Opening Bid $35 You will enjoy this wonderful handheld vacuum with accessories and removable disposable dirt tank. Messes can happen at any moment. Be prepared with the BISSELL® AeroSlim™ Handheld Vacuum designed to quickly pick up those unexpected messes. It's cordless, so it can clean almost anywhere, like in your car, home, or office; plus, with its sleek design, it blends into practically any home. You can customize your clean by using the included 2-in-1 Crevice Tool & Dusting Brush, which conveniently stores right on the vacuum's storage stand, so you always know where it is. This is a fantastic gift for the holidays! 356 Large Illuminated Christmas Snow Globe with Ornate Gold Base Donated by Margie Donovan Opening Bid $25 This beautiful snow globe has LED lights to light the scene including Jesus, Joseph, Mary, and Angel - all in white. This will make a wonderful centerpiece for the holidays! 357 V7 USB Stereo Headset Donated by Merisa Musemic Opening Bid $35 This USB stereo headset with microphone is ideal for Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and other video chat applications. They feature high quality sound output and a noise-cancelling microphone, perfect for noisy environments. The microphone also has 300 degrees of range to move out of the way when not in use, and it can be worn on the left or right side. The headset has an adjustable headband and memory foam ear pads for all day comfort. The USB powered headphones also feature a nearly 6-foot cable that has convenient in-line volume and mute buttons compatible with most desktop and laptops PCs through a standard USB port. Simply plug the USB cable into your Windows or MAC computer, no drivers required. On the cable, you will find three buttons. The longer, rectangular button near the top will mute or unmute your microphone. Below this are two smaller buttons for Volume Up, then Volume Down. All buttons are easily found by touch. 358 Holiday Self Care Gift Bundle Donated by ACB Next Generation Opening Bid $40 Gift giving can be fun, but it can also be tough at times. With this bundle, you can choose to break it up into gifts for friends and family, and/or keep some for yourself. Don’t let the stress of the holiday get to you. This bundle includes: White Tea & Citrus Satin Hands® Pampering Set: This three-step set includes Fragrance-Free Satin Hands® Protecting Softener - 2.1 oz. White Tea & Citrus Satin Hands® Satin Smoothie® Refining Shea Scrub - 7.75 oz. White Tea & Citrus Satin Hands® Nourishing Shea Cream - 3 oz. This spa-like treatment revitalizes and rejuvenates the look of hands, so they feel renewed and instantly look healthier. Women love the Satin Hands® Pampering Set because: Instantly, hands feel moisturized, soft, and smooth. Hands feel revitalized, soothed, and protected. Skin feels renewed, looks rejuvenated and instantly looks healthier. Set makes a great gift, especially for brides. Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask: Triple-action charcoal mask acts like a magnet to deep-clean pores Benefits: Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to unclog pores. Mask is clinically shown to instantly absorb excess oil and reduce shine. 79% of men and women agreed: “Skin looks clearer” after use. Rosemary and peppermint extracts deliver a fresh scent to awaken your senses. Smooth formula delivers a gentle cooling sensation. Mary Kay® Mask Applicator Maximize your masking sessions with mess-free application and less product waste. The flexible silicone applicator delivers full, even coverage to the contours of your face. Mint Bliss™ Energizing Lotion for Feet and Legs and a Pair of Soft and Cozy Fuzzy Socks Helps tired feet and legs feel revived. Refreshing cool mint formula. Perfect for days when you're on your feet and on the go White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips® Set: The White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips® Set sends your pout on a path to paradise for a spa-like treatment anytime, anywhere. Formulated with nourishing shea butter and the fresh flavor of white tea & citrus. These products leave dry, chapped lips behind, delivering moisturizing bliss in two easy steps. Your oasis awaits. Indulge® Soothing Eye Gel: Contains botanical extracts reported to tone, firm, and reduce the appearance of puffiness around the sensitive eye area. Calms, cools, and refreshes a tired-looking appearance. Increases skin moisturization. Can be used as a leave-on gel. Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy. Dermatologist-tested; fragrance-free. Limited-Edition Mary Kay Gift Box Set: Three blissfully branded Mary Kay® boxes in different shapes and sizes – small, medium, and large – make gift-giving a delight! Easy to assemble. No tape required. Mary Kay-branded. Made of recyclable paperboard. Small box measures 5.3" x 2.4" x 1.2". Medium box measures 6" x 4.5" x 2". Large box measures 8.125" x 6" x 3.25". Box sizes are approximate. This Bundle also includes FREE SAMPLES of the Mary Kay TimeWise Repair® Volu-Firm® Set and TimeWise Repair® Revealing Radiance® Facial Peel, to use at a Beauty Session with Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, Amanda Selm. Save this special experience for you or gift it to someone special! 359 American Kennel Club High Quality Premium Pet Bed Donated by The ACB Minnesota Office Opening Bid $25 One 27-inch by 36-inch American Kennel Club High Quality Premium Pet Bed. Colors: Cream and Light Gray. Your pet will love sleeping or just hanging out on this adorable bed! 360 $75 Honey Baked Ham Gift Card Donated by Larry Gassman Opening Bid $50 Enjoy having this delicious ham over the holidays with either your family or friends. The signature bone-in half ham is why we’re famous at Honey Baked Ham. For important gatherings where you’re serving a special meal, this ham is truly the centerpiece that makes the meal. Yum, Yummy! 361 Homemade Basket of Goodies Donated by Toni Eames Opening Bid $20 This basket of goodies will include: 16-inch knitted pillow, one side yellow gold and the other side brown, 16-inch knitted dark blue gray, pillow Very warm brown beanie with a yellow pompom, 72-inch crocheted long scarf and a beautiful knitted multicolored infinity scarf What a fantastic gift for the holidays! 362 Two Pounds of Godiva Assorted Chocolates Donated by Pat Spoone Opening Bid $40 This Goldmark Collection of Godiva assorted chocolates are a perfect holiday treat! You will receive two decorative boxes with individual pictures and descriptions of each unique chocolate featured in the Goldmark Collection. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays! The 11th Annual ACB Media Holiday Auction is just around the corner. This year’s auction will be filled with lots of wonderful gifts for the holidays. We will be showcasing homemade delicious treats, original crafts, jewelry, the latest technology, and beautiful quilts. The auction will be held on Sunday, November 27 at 7pm ET. There will also be two days of the Sneak A Peek Appetizer Auction on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 to wet your appetite. How to Register In order to participate, you need to register now! If you or someone you know is interested in bidding on this year’s items, register on members.acb.org. Instructions on how to register are below. Log in to your account at members.acb.org. If you do not have an account, click on the “Create An Account” button. Complete the registration form and after entering your information, click the “Submit Profile and Proceed to Login” button. Once you have logged in, click the Holiday Auction Registration link at the top of the page. On the Holiday Auction Registration page, click the “Holiday Auction sign up” button. After signing up, you will receive an email with detailed Holiday Auction information. If you do not receive this email check your junk/spam folder. If you unable to locate the email in your junk/spam folder, call (612) 332-3242. Please contact Leslie Spoone at (407) 678-4163 or email [email protected] if you have any holiday auction questions. Sneak A Peek Auction Guidelines Contact Leslie Spoone by phone at (407) 678-4163 or email [email protected] with your bid. Please provide your name, phone number, email address, item number, and bid amount. Bids must be in $5.00 increments. The Sneak A Peek Auction information communicating the high bid on each item will be emailed out at 5pm ET, 8pm ET and 9am ET. After the close of each mini-auction, an email will be sent announcing who has won each item. Billing for both the Sneak A Peek and Holiday auction will take place starting on Monday, November 28th for all the winning purchases. Auction items must be paid for by December 19th. ACB Auction Disclaimer The American Council of the Blind conducts fundraising auctions with the purpose of providing financial support for our programs and services. We thank those individuals, organizations, and businesses who donate items for our auctions. To participate as a bidder, we ask that you be courteous to one another, to those who are conducting the auction and to those who will be contacting the winning bidders to arrange for payment. It is expected that any winning bidder will, after being contacted by anyone connected to the auction, provide proper billing information prior to the auction item being sent to them. If we do not successfully collect the bid amount, we reserve the right to repurpose the item to the benefit of ACB. We reserve the right to block any individual not following the guidelines during the auction or from participating in any future auction. We look forward to seeing you at the auction. Happy bidding!
As part of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Accessible Insulin Pump Taskforce is working with stakeholders and allies across North America to advocate for accessible insulin pumps and glucose monitors, in line with the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) theme for World Diabetes Day – “If Not Now, When?” The taskforce is a collaboration between the American Council of the Blind (ACB), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) to ensure people who are blind or partially sighted can use their insulin pumps safely and independently to manage their diabetes. The inaccessibility of insulin pumps is an international issue facing people living with sight loss and diabetes around the world. Not only is diabetes the leading cause of blindness in adults, ages 18 to 64, in Canada and the U.S., millions of people with other eye conditions may be diagnosed with diabetes or serve as a caregiver for a family member living with the diagnosis. With such a strong link between diabetes and sight loss, insulin pump manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure people who are blind or partially sighted can safely and independently use their devices. However, manufacturers continue to only offer products that rely on visual features, and as a result, most insulin pump users with sight loss often require the assistance of others to use their device properly and safely. Manufacturers have known about these issues for years, and advocates throughout North America have been offering recommendations for just as long. Unfortunately, there still isn’t a solution in immediate development, but the taskforce is committed to working with manufacturers to find one as soon as possible. We have been engaging with manufacturers to help them understand that accessibility means an individual must be able to safely and independently use their insulin pump. Through continued collaboration and determination, we believe the day will come that anyone who is blind or partially sighted can use an insulin pump in the same manner as someone with sight. For far too long, those with sight loss have been unable to independently manage their own personal health. This is a problem that can and must be addressed – because if not now, when? Veronica Elsea, Chair, Accessible Insulin Pump Taskforce Thomas Tobin, President, ACB Diabetics in Action Mary Davis, NFB Patricia Maddix, NFB, ACB Melanie Torrance, NFB Kat Hamilton, CNIB Ryan Hooey, CNIB
The American Council of the Blind and our affiliate Guide Dog users, Inc. want to hear from you! We are conducting a survey to collect information from guide dog users who’ve been denied rides by rideshare drivers due to the presence of their guide dog. We will send the survey data to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), per their recommendation, to draw attention to this frustrating civil rights violation and highlight the severity of this ongoing problem. The survey opens November 2nd and will remain open until the end of the year. We ask that you fill out the survey every time you are denied a ride from the date of the survey launch on November 2nd until the survey closes on December 31st at 11:59pm ET. After the survey closes, we will compile the information into one central document to send to DOJ. If you wish to submit responses over email or phone, contact ACB’s Advocacy team at either [email protected] or (202) 467-5081. If leaving a phone message, please make sure to share your contact information so we may call you back. To access the survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rideshare-Denial.