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.

Call our office for more information about making a contribution to the Foundation.

FVRE Board of Directors

Name Company/Organization
William Emmons, Chair Merrill Lynch
Karen McMullen, Vice Chair Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP
Nancy Dorfman, Secretary Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Ferris Akel III, Treasurer Akel Wholesale
Brenda Brown
John May Piaker & Lyons CPA
Lou McKeage Binghamton University
Nolan Robinson Vestal Dental Associates
Steve Wayman Visions Federal Credit Union