Friends of Braille Institute San Diego Hosts Second Annual Eye Candy Car and Bike Show

Friends of Braille Institute San Diego Hosts  Second Annual Eye Candy Car and Bike Show
March, 2017 Client News

SAN DIEGO – April 25, 2017Friends of Braille Institute San Diego (FBISD), the nonprofit auxiliary that supports the programs and services of the Braille Institute San Diego, will host its second annual “Eye Candy Car & Bike Show” fundraiser on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pal Joey’s in the Del Cerro neighborhood of San Diego. Registration costs $30 per car or truck and $20 per bike, and is open to all years, cars, trucks, and bikes.

Described as the “sweetest car show in San Diego,” this event features hot rods, customs, muscle cars, and more. Admission is free and the show is open to the public. All proceeds will directly fund Braille Institute San Diego’s free programs and services offered year-round.

Car and bike show attendees will enjoy music, opportunity drawings and will be able to vote on many categories of vehicles who will enter the show. Winners in various categories will receive trophies at the event: Student’s Choice, People’s Choice, Coolest Custom, Best Foreign, Bad to the Bone, Heavy Hauler, Mighty Muscle, Coolest Low Rider, Period Perfect, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Motorcycle, Quickest & Fastest, Best of Show and more.

One of the unique aspects of this car and bike show that designates it from others is that students and guests can touch and/or sit inside many of the vehicles entered in the show. Braille Institute students and guests in attendance will select the cars and bikes that will receive top honors. Nearly 90 percent of Braille Institute San Diego students and patrons have some remaining vision, so they have the ability to identify the shape, color or design of the cars and bikes. For the students who are totally blind, this event is an opportunity for them to use their sense of touch to feel the vehicle’s shape and hear more about its history. This much anticipated event is a favorite of many Braille Institute San Diego students and the community. The inaugural Eye Candy Car & Bike Show was in 2016, and organizers raised more than $6,000 for the Braille Institute San Diego.

“We are looking for a lot of people to come to Pal Joey’s and bring their vehicles to show them off to our visually-impaired students as well as the general public. It is a great event to bring the entire family,” said Jane Carlson, president, Friends of Braille Institute San Diego.

In addition to the cars, trucks and bikes, attendees can also purchase items from vendors as well as artwork created by the students of Braille Institute San Diego. Proceeds from art sales will go back to the individual artist. In 2016, Braille Institute San Diego served approximately 7,500 students at their regional campus. This is approximately 22 percent of the blind and visually impaired population who live in the region.

“We are so appreciative of Mike Miller of Pal Joey’s for hosting this event as well as the automotive enthusiast community for participating and sharing their passion with our students and the general public,” said Jay Hatfield, executive director, Braille Institute San Diego. “Although our students do not drive anymore, many are looking forward to sitting in this year’s entries and enjoying the sensory experience of the day.”

Second Annual “Eye Candy Car & Bike Show”
Hosted by Friends of Braille Institute San Diego
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Pal Joey’s
5147 Waring Road
San Diego, CA 92120
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE Admission
Free Parking
Register your car, truck or bike online at

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. It serves thousands of people of all ages each year through a broad range of educational, social and recreational programs designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. Funded by private donations, all services are free-of-charge. Follow on Facebook and on Twitter @BrailleInst.

Friends of Braille Institute San Diego is a nonprofit auxiliary founded in 2005 to support the programs and services offered by Braille Institute San Diego. The purpose of Friends of Braille Institute San Diego shall be to assist Braille Institute of America, Inc., (“Braille Institute”) to raise awareness in the greater San Diego community of the works and services of Braille Institute San Diego through contributions of funds and support. For more information on Friends of Braille Institute San Diego, visit Follow on Facebook and Twitter @FBISD.