CVI's 2014 TRUE BLUE DO FUNDRAISER

Featuring VICTOR WOOTEN, Grammy Award-winning Bassist, and
LUKE PUTNEY, Bassist, Scholar/Athlete and CVI Program Graduate


ATLANTA, GA – April 22, 2014 - The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) presents this year’s “True Blue Do” fundraiser on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The event will be held at the Buckhead Theatre, located at 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. All proceeds benefit CVI.

A casual evening featuring live Picture of Victor Wooten and Luke Putney music, cocktails, great food, silent and live auction and more, the True Blue Do is a fun event whose proceeds give hope to thousands of Georgians with vision loss and their families. With nearly 400 attendees each year, it’s a true party with a purpose. Funds raised through the event support CVI’s life changing services and programs for those impacted by vision loss.

This year's event will feature two very special musical guests: five-time Grammy award-winner Victor Wooten, legendary bassist, solo artist and member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; and Luke Putney, Victor’s mentee and one of CVI’s STARS afterschool program graduates who is himself an accomplished bass player, composer and teen philanthropist.

Victor Wooten hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 10 bassists of all time, he was voted “Bassist of the Year” by Bass Player Magazine three times, the only person to have won the award more than once. A true innovator, composer, arranger, lecturer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he is the author of The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music.

At 19 years of age, Luke Putney has already exceeded expectations, overcome obstacles and embarked on an incredible life. Blind from birth in his left eye, an aneurysm compressing his optic nerve devastated nearly all his sight in his right eye during his adolescence. An accomplished musician, scholar and athlete, Luke is the creator of several charities and was named one of Atlanta’s “Teen Volunteers of the Year” by the Atlanta Association of Fundraising Professionals, an 11Alive/WXIA-TV’s “Kids Who Care” award winner, and the recipient of the national “DoSomething.Org” scholarship funded by The Foot Locker. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree as a Presidential Scholar at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

CVI President Fontaine M. Huey said, “The True Blue Do provides a vital source of funding for our mission. This year, we are especially thrilled to feature two incredible musicians who share a unique connection not only to each other, but to CVI’s mission: to empower people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity.”

Tickets for the event are $125 per person, and include open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and performance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and range from $500 to $10,000. To purchase tickets for the True Blue Do visit www.cviga.org/events/tbd/ or call the Center for the Visually Impaired at 404-875-9011.

Editor Note: Media passes are available. Please contact herenberg@cviga.org.

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