As an addendum to our earlier coverage of the 9th Annual National Braille Challenge, we are please to offer a photo from the event as well as a little more information.
The following info comes directly from Jim Cummings’ PR team who were kind enough to send us this photo and the following release:
Photo (Left to Right) Scott McIntyre and Jim Cummings
“American Idol” finalist Scott McIntyre and voice legend Jim Cummings attended the 2009 Braille Challenge Awards Banquet Saturday night at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, CA. Cummings, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies, voiced a slew of popular cartoon characters for invited guests including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. McIntyre offered words of inspiration to children and their families who were the top finalists in this year’s Braille Challenge event.
Braille Institute of America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.
Photo Credit: Braille Institute of America
The Braille Institute itself also posted this photo and a little more information in an article entitled Winners of the 2009 Braille Challenge Announced at Star-Studded Ceremony:
After a full day of competition on Saturday, June 20, at Braille Institute in Los Angeles, the 15 winners of the 2009 Braille Challenge® were announced at a gala Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Universal Hotel. Winners received their prizes, U.S. Savings bonds from $500 to $5,000 and a PacMate pocket PC for first place, from voiceover artist Jim Cummings, who is best known as the voices of Disney’s Tigger and Winnie the Pooh and Warner Bros.’ Taz the Tasmanian Devil. The evening culminated with an inspirational speech by special guest, “American Idol’s” Scott MacIntyre. As a blind adult who has been lauded as both a classical musician and a scholar, Scott spoke to the students about the importance of perseverance and defining their own dreams.
It sounds like it was an amazing event! If any of the attendees would like to share any comments about the day, please feel free to do so below.