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AIDB Receives $1 million gift for Agricultural Center
AIDB President Dr. John Mascia announced on Monday the receipt of a $1 million gift to the AIDB Foundation from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous for development of a new Agricultural Center at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB).
The new Center will benefit all of AIDB’s schools and programs, providing work experience and a curriculum focused on hands-on skills that get back to the basics of agricultural reality in today’s world. The facility will be located behind Helen Keller School on 20 plus acres.
“We are so excited to be able to do this, and we appreciate the donor’s generosity and trust in AIDB to do something great for our students,” said Dr. Mascia.
“I want to thank Patti Anne Chastain, the Assistant Director of our Foundation Giving Programs for her efforts in making this dream a reality for our students.” The project should get underway during the 2016-17 school year.
“Through our donors, the Foundation adds extraordinary value to the programs and experiences of AIDB,” said Dr. Ben Bruce, Vice President of Advancement.
The AIDB Foundation was established in 1980 to encourage private support from individuals, foundations and corporations. Since its inception, more than $80 million has been raised and invested in AIDB through capital projects, programs, and facilities including the Kiwanis Memorial Athletic Field, independent living centers, dormitories, the creation of Regional Centers, Hawkins Chapel, the equestrian program, centers of excellence in language and science, assistive technology, and the arts.
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind and other disabilities from birth through aging. Established in 1858, AIDB operates five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers serving more than 23,500 children annually throughout all 67 counties of the state. Campus programs include Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deafblind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (a postsecondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind (a manufacturing facility and the state’s largest employer of blind adults). Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.