Rhodes Family Dedication Ceremony
Working and living independently is a gift to those living with blindness or visual impairment. Few people knew this better than Tom Rhodes Sr., who during his 20+ years of service to the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, including his Board service, touched many lives and is so fondly remembered to the present time. Upon Tom Rhodes’ death, the Dallas Lighthouse was remembered in his will resulting in a donation of $153,000 to help serve those who are blind or visually impaired in North Texas. These funds were used to purchase an automated fabric cutter that will be used to promote textile innovation at the Lighthouse and also support our new like high-end women’s garment production. Specifically the Cutter will increase capacity and employee safety that means more jobs for more blind and vision-impaired in North Texas.
The Rhodes Family Dedication Ceremony was held on August 9th, 2016 and we were excited to hold this lovely luncheon with Tom Rhodes, Jr. and wife Suzy Rhodes who were present to accept an award in honor of Tom Sr. and to show our gratitude! During this ceremony, the Gerber Paragon Cutter was officially unveiled and dedicated to the Rhodes family with a commemorative plaque. Other prestigious attendees at the dedication ceremony included John Turner, former Chairman Texas Commission for the Blind who also served on the Dallas County Association for the Blind’s Board with Tom Rhodes Sr., We were also joined by Linda Turner John’s wife; Eric Kraft, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind Chairman of the Board; Cameron Moates, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind Board Treasurer; Hugh McElroy, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind President & CEO; Greg Bogard, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind CFO; and Laura Klein, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind Executive Vice President.
"We are honored for this kindness bestowed by Tom Rhodes Sr. along with the entire Rhodes family and hope to continue a relationship with them well into the future!"