2008 Mid-Atlantic American Council of the Blind

Affiliate Convention


Meet hundreds of your customers and prospective customers who are blind and visually impaired as well as their friends, families and colleagues!

When: November 21-22, 2008

Exhibit Hours: 

Friday, November 21, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 22, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

There will also be a special networking opportunity Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 at our reception in the Rosslyn Ballroom.



Holiday Inn, Rosslyn at Key Bridge

1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive

Arlington, Virginia

What: The 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliate Convention


Reasons to Participate:

-Connect with people you want to reach in one place

-Demand for Your Products:

Consistently, in convention evaluations, participants remark that meeting with exhibitors is at or close to the top of their list of reasons for attending.  On Saturday, the sessions will focus on issues for which your products and services are the solutions.  The convention schedule has been designed to allow participants multiple opportunities to visit your booth.  

-Promotion of Your Brand Name

The Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliate Convention is offering several attractive opportunities for you to get your name and products in front of loyal and potential customers.  Designating your company or organization as the sponsor of one of the convention events, renting an exhibit table, advertising in the convention program as well as donating door prizes and auction items are all great ways to increase market share.   

-Support Our Community

Your support, especially as a sponsor, will help keep the cost of our convention within reach of all who are interested in coming.  Any surplus will be used to forward our on-going work of supporting people who are blind and visually impaired in their efforts to live independent, productive and fulfilling lives.

Here are ways you can participate:



Reception Friday night

Luncheon – Saturday

Banquet – Saturday evening


Exhibit Area – Friday evening and Saturday

General Session - Saturday

Co-Sponsor Luncheon - Saturday

Sponsor Afternoon Break – Saturday

Continental Breakfast - Sunday

Guide Dog Relief Area

Pre-Convention Information Distribution

Convention Registration / Information Desk & Convention Registration Bags


Convention Program in Large Print, Braille and Electronic Formats

Morning Coffee Break – Saturday

Morning Coffee Break – Sunday

Sponsor one of the 14 scheduled Saturday afternoon breakout sessions



Market your products and services to customers who are looking for just what you offer.  Each table is approximately six feet long. The Exhibit Area will be open Friday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The cost for each table is $125 for vendors and $50 for ACB affiliates.  You are also invited to the Friday evening reception.


The Convention Program serves as a resource of product and service providers to convention attendees long after the weekend meetings are over.  The Program is made available in Large Print, Braille, and Electronic formats. 


Ad copy should be submitted in .jpg, .doc, .pdf or other similar format by             November 6th.  Graphics should be in black & white or gray scale for best results.

E-mail files to wnettles@cox.net. 

Full-Page Advertisement - $100

Half-Page Advertisement - $ 75  


Since our advocacy and support work for people who are blind and visually impaired is dependent upon private fundraising (we do not apply for government grants), the auction is one of our major events each year.  This auction will be held immediately following the banquet on Saturday evening.  If you would like to donate an item, we would be most appreciative.  


It is always fun to win a door prize or find something in your convention registration bag.  If you would like to provide items for these purposes, we thank you and will recognize you for your donation.  Registration bag inclusions should be supplied in quantities of 225.  

The Sponsor / Exhibitor / Advertiser / Donor Registration Form lists all the options.  Choose the one the works best for you!  For more information, contact Al Pietrolungo at ajpietrolungo@verizon.net or 410-529-9475.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for your tax-deductible contribution* and for your continued support of our advocacy efforts and activities.  Your support makes a difference in the lives of all the people who are blind and visually impaired who live in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Convention hosted by:

The American Council of the Blind of Maryland

District of Columbia Council of the Blind

National Capital Citizens with Low Vision

Old Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

*The Tax ID is 52-1447418 (ACB of Maryland).




COMPANY NAME:  __________________________________________________________________


COMPANY ADDRESS:__________________________________________________




CONTACT PERSON:  ___________________________________________________


PHONE #:  ____________________________________________________________


E-MAIL:  ______________________________________________________________



____PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR              $1,500

____DIAMOND LEVEL SPONSOR             $1,000

____EMERALD LEVEL SPONSOR              $   500


Exhibit Booths

____EXHIBIT BOOTH              $125 per table

If Sponsor, the exhibit booth is complimentary.

____AFFILIATE Booth              $  50 per table

            (ACB affiliates and chapters)


(NOTE:  If you need electricity or have any other special requirements, contact Al Pietrolungo at ajpietrolungo@verizon.net or 410 529-9475.




____HALF-PAGE AD IN PROGRAM              $  75

(If Sponsor, ad is complimentary.)


All copy must be submitted by November 6th.


Other In-Kind Donations (PLEASE SPECIFY):



Please make checks payable to:  ACB of Maryland


Mail form and check to:                     

Wayne Nettles, Treasurer,

ACB of Maryland

5902 Mt. Eagle Drive, #709

Alexandria, VA 22303


The Tax ID is 52-1447418 (ACB of Maryland).


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