In 1999, the Foundation for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (FVRE) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing the financial, social and awareness resources available to AVRE to further both current services and operations and to take the necessary steps to secure a bright future for the Association and the communities it serves.

By prudently managing the long-term growth of both the endowment and the investment portfolio, the Foundation offers AVRE the ability to enhance services and programs, consequently allowing AVRE to reach the widening population of our service territory that is affected by a severe vision loss or blindness.

The Foundation counts on the generous support of the communities we AVRE serves to grow the endowment and investment portfolio. We encourage donors, estate planners, financial advisors and others to learn more about AVRE and to consider assisting people with a vision disability by making a gift to the Foundation.

For more information about making a contribution to the Foundation, contact Jaclyn Bombard, Director of Development, at 607-724-2428.

FVRE Board of Directors

Name Company/Organization
Marena Gonz, Chair
Ferris Akel III, Vice Chair Akel Wholesale
Tina Fernandez, Esq., Secretary Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP
Karl Wokan, Treasurer
Linda Biemer
John Martin Clark Patterson Assc.
John May, CPA Piaker & Lyons CPA
Nolan Robinson Vestal Dental Associates
William Emmons Merrill Lynch
Stephen O'Neil