Every spring, more than 600 people flock to Perkins' campus for the most inspiring evening of the year. It's the Perkins Possibilities Gala, and it's full of music, laughter, entertainment, fine food and good news. Gala Co-Chair Corinne Grousbeck, a Perkins Trustee, Trust Board Chair and parent to a Secondary Program student, sat down with Perspectives to discuss the 2013 Possibilities Gala.
It's incredibly uplifting, fun and inspirational. It's a real goose-bump affair. Not only does it take place right on campus—our students' home—but it showcases their talents in a way that dramatically changes perceptions about what a child who is blind or deafblind is capable of doing.
Is it our single largest source of unrestricted funds, and it gives Perkins the ability to demonstrate the powerful work we do on campus and internationally. To me, it's a way of connecting the community to our children so everyone can see that our kids are very much like theirs.
To give just one example, the Gala's Technology Challenge has been absolutely transformational. Eight years ago our students were still using mechanical braillers. We simply did not have the money to buy computers. Today, thanks to the Challenge, every child has access to state-of-the-art technology in their classroom, home or at the Center for Students & Technology.
Attendees tell me it's their absolute favorite event of the year. Experiencing the passion our audience has for Perkins' work gives me so much hope for the future of our children... my child included.