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Tri-County Association for the Blind
1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2200
(717) 238-2531 Fax:(717) 238-0710

Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director
Phone: 717-238-2531
Date: November 4, 2004

For Immediate Release

Golf Tournament Benefits the Blind

Harrisburg, PA -- ACA Mortgage in Mechanicsburg recently held a charity golf outing at Liberty Forge golf course to benefit the Tri-County Association for the Blind. The charity event, which raised $2,800 to support the services provided by the agency, included a putting contest to raise awareness of visual impairments. Prior to the start of the tournament, golfers participated in a putting contest while wearing glasses, which simulate various eye diseases and visual impairments. "The putting contest was a way to raise awareness and sensitivity to the challenges faced by individuals with glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration," stated Danette Blank, Executive Director.

The proceeds of this event, will help to continue and expand the services provided by Tri-County Association for the Blind including: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Radio Reading Service, Social Services, Low Vision Services, a Production Facility, Carpeting Department and Janitorial Service.

Bob Allen, Operations Manager at ACA Mortgage and a Radio Reading Service volunteer was the inspiration behind the charity golf outing. "This was the first time ACA Mortgage held a charity golf tournament and acknowledgment for the event's success should go to Ami Abbass, tournament coordinator," stated Bob Allen. ACA Mortgage plans to make this golf outing an annual charity event for the association.

Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private, non-profit organization serving the blind and visually impaired in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. The association works to improve the quality of life for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, helping each person to achieve his or her full potential and maximum independence. The association's services touch the lives of thousands more in the community through Prevention of Blindness programs and the Radio Reading Service. For more information about the services offered by the association, please contact the association office by calling (717) 238-2531 or visit our web site at, or e-mail

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