Thank you for Making The Evening of Insight 2024 Fundraising Event a HUGE Success!

Our Evening of Insight 2024 fundraising event was a HUGE Success!!! What an amazing, fun and insightful evening we had, and we can’t wait for the 7th Annual EOI 2025 event. We want to say thank you to YOU…our Sponsors, Donors, Guests, Board Members, Speakers, Hosts, Volunteers and Staff Team members for making this event our best fundraiser yet! We are abundantly grateful for your support and your generosity, which will enable us to further our programs’ mission and message within our schools and communities.

ATOU’s Evening of Insight 2024 fundraising event was hosted by Meghan Adamski, ATOU Executive Director, and Freddie Silveria, emcee and auctioneer with FSA Auctions.
Visit Freddie at www.FSAauctions.com and @FSAauctions on Facebook to learn more about his expertise and how he might help your organization.

TESTIMONIALS

Cheryl Marcell

Cheryl Marcell

Stand Up Placer
EOI 2024 –
“This was my first Evening of Insights event, and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the entire event.  Not only was it impeccably organized, but the impact stories that were shared were heartwarming!  I was especially surprised by the demonstration of how someone who has autism hears the world and how difficult that is for them.  I have two friends with autistic children, and I understand them so much more now after spending the evening with A Touch of Understanding.  Thank you for making such a positive contribution in our community.”
Rick and Mary Wurster

Rick and Mary Wurster

ATOU Supporters & EOI Committee Volunteers
EOI 2024 –
“My wife and I have attended the Evening of Insight for several years, and we keep coming back because it just gets better and better. The inspiration provided by the speakers, always reminds us about the important things in life. Truly motivational! And I have to say each year we are also impressed by the creative ways the staff invents to make the guests experience an example of what these children deal with on a daily basis. No other fundraiser compares. It is an interactive event full of compassion and lots of fun!”
Robert Nash

Robert Nash

ATOU BOD & RV Rotary
EOI 2024 –
“I have been volunteering at the A Touch of Understanding (ATOU) Workshops for almost two years now, and recently joined the Board of Governors, but this is the first time I was able to attend the Evening of Insight. What a great event! I invited several guests to attend, and they not only had a good time, but they were moved by the evening’s message. The Emcee did a great job engaging the attendees and building the momentum throughout the evening. Finally, Mia and her mom were amazing: they showed that hard work and dedication can overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable. And, they brought home the central message: small accomplishments and understanding lead to large successes and tolerance. To me, that is what ATOU is all about. Thank you for the contribution that ATOU makes to the community, and for allowing me to be a part of it.”
Darlene Cullivan

Darlene Cullivan

The Gathering Inn
EOI 2023 –
“When one is invited to gain insight, increase understanding and broaden one’s perspective, growth occurs – at any age!  That’s what makes ATOU’s Evening of Insight so uniquely special. I was honored to participate and join such a tremendous organization’s efforts to educate and inspire. A Touch of Understanding strengthens communities as it provides youth, and all of us really, with the ability to welcome people of all abilities, remove blindfolds, and see with new eyes!”
Drisha Leggitt

Drisha Leggitt

Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications
EOI 2023 –
“Thanks and “way to go!” to Roxanne Snyder and the entire A Touch of Understanding staff and volunteers for hosting a fun and illuminating fundraiser: “An Evening of Insight!” (EOI)
The EOI event was not just about raising money; it was also about raising first person awareness of experiencing a disability. In our case, the guests donned blindfolds to explore what it might be like to eat a meal without sight.
Hint: It wasn’t easy!!
The magnificent Darlene O’Brien, ATOU inspirational speaker and long-time ATOU Board member, successfully guided us through the meal while sharing her own experiences of life with blindness.
The meal was outstanding; although, I confess I ended up eating most of it with my fingers!
Then, the ever amazing Freddie Silveria helped ATOU raise a ton of money through his enthusiastic auctioning skills – Mark Luhdorff and I were happy and proud to support the event and ATOU’s important mission.
ATOU has been helping children understand, appreciate and respect one another, despite differences for over 25 years. A Touch of Understanding provides disability awareness programs designed to educate a new generation to understand and empathize with the challenges associated with disabilities; and to accept and respect all individuals.
Thanks again, Winnie Comstock-Carlson for inviting us to join the Comstock’s magazine table; and way to go, ATOU team for executing an outstanding event that made us love and respect the organization even more!”
Gopal and Darlene Kapur

Gopal and Darlene Kapur

Family Green Survival
EOI 2022 –
“On March 31 of 2022, we were introduced to the fabulous team of devoted supporters at the A Touch of Understanding fundraising dinner and auction in Roseville.
It was a super WOW event!
The 200 dinner guests wore blindfolds while a sight-challenged speaker, Darlene, led us through our dinner. This unique experience gave the audience a touch of understanding into her world and that of over ten million blind and vision impaired Americans.
The auction that followed was expertly led by a dynamo auctioneer who had the eager audience laughing and bidding in his capable hands. Every aspect of the evening, from the efficient sign-in, to the placement of auction items, to the ATOU person at each table, was executed with grace, a sense of fun, and beautiful camaraderie.
We’ve made our reservation for next year’s event and plan on bringing friends and family to fill a table! We urge everyone to attend this special and worthy evening.”