Visitors to our schools frequently comment on the love they feel there. Love from the students, from the teachers, from the staff. It's something that can't be communicated adequately through a website, but if you're lucky, you'll catch glimpses of it now and then. The children and adults we serve know how extraordinary AIDB is. We, in turn, are fully aware of how extraordinary our clients and students are, and how they've enriched our lives.
There are many remarkable things about AIDB. One of the most remarkable, however, is that we are able to provide such a high level of quality services at little or no cost to students and clients. This is possible in part because we are a state-funded organization.
But what lifts our programs beyond the ordinary is the generosity and vision of private donors, corporations and foundations. Since it was created in 1980 the AIDB Foundation has generated gifts of more than $40 million to support AIDB’s mission of serving children and adults with hearing and vision loss. The Kiwanis Memorial Athletic Field, Hawkins Chapel, the Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrian Arena, Centers of Excellence in Science and Language, independent living centers, recreation facilities, dormitories, Regional Centers, a track for multidisabled runners – not to mention classroom and assistive technology, arts and music programs, educational field trips, a multitude of extracurricular learning experiences and endowments for the future.
With your help, we are fostering a Living with Pride Campaign to renovate and replace aging dormitories across AIDB’s campuses. Through the Foundation's fundraising efforts, The Alfa Daniel Hall was dedicated April 10, 2006 on the Helen Keller School campus and a new Independent Living Center was completed February 19, 2008 on the Alabama School for the Blind campus. Preuitt Hall, a girls dorm on our Alabama School for the Deaf campus, was also dedicated on April 2, 2009, and our Terry Graham Student Center named after former AIDB President and HKS Principal Terry Graham, was dedicated on the HKS campus February 16, 2010. Current projects include plans for a new accessible Health Center.
There are many ways to give. You can make a donation now online. Cash gifts, gifts of stock or property, planned giving through your will, creating a trust -- these are all welcome contributions to our work.
Our largest fundraising event is held every spring. On the Friday before the Spring Talladega Superspeedway race, NASCAR’s drivers and teams pitch in to support AIDB at a barbeque dinner and auction of racing memorabilia. Created in 1985 by the late Bill France, Jr., Race Fever is now a fan favorite and sold out event at the Speed Channel Dome. For more information on this event visit us at www.racefever.org.
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1980 to encourage private support in AIDB's quest to become a world class institution serving people with vision or hearing loss. Gifts to the AIDB Foundation are tax deductible, but you should always consult with your tax advisor about the specific advantages of any gift. All gifts can be made in honor or in memory of a friend or family member.
Checks should be made payable to the AIDB Foundation and mailed to P. O. Box 698, Talladega, Alabama 35161.
For more information on the AIDB Foundation, email us today, or call Lynne Hanner at 256-761-3206.