The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has raised over $1 million dollars as a match to a $500,00 challenge grant issued by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

The funds will help support construction of an $8 million, state-of-the-art vision rehabilitation center in Utica.

The center is a part of CABVI’s $14.1 million dollar  "Focus on the Future Initiative" which includes renovations to its headquarters on Kent Street in Utica.

"To declare that 'Central New York came through in a big way' would be an understatement," said Rudy D'Amico, president & CEO of CABVI. "CABVI raised over $1 million to meet the $500,000 challenge-the largest challenge grant in The Community Foundation's history. I am proud that CABVI's supporters, which included many of The Community Foundation's fundholders, exceeded the goal."

CABVI is within $250,000 of achieving its Focus on the Future goal.