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Dubuque's Tri-State Independent Blind Society celebrating 40 years

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The Tri-State Independent Blind Society in Dubuque is celebrating 40 years of serving the community.

At a ceremony Tuesday evening, the center rededicated itself to the mission of helping people who are blind and who have low-vision live life independently. The ceremony began with a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce.

The center's executive director Don Gagne said living life independently as a person who is blind is more than just learning to read Braille or walk with a cane or seeing eye dog.

"The blind, you know, most of the time there was nobody told them that they could do stuff, and so they'd just stay in [their] homes," Gagne said. "We train them to be able to get out and show them that they can do everything anybody else can do, if they only do it and want to do it."

People in Dubuque may know the center for its Bingo. That's how it raises much of its money and invites people to come play. The Tri-State Independent Blind Society is at 3333 Asbury Road in Dubuque, and Bingo is there at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

For more information about the center's services, click HERE.

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