LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 16, 2012) -World Services for the Blind offers life skills and career training to those who are blind or visually impaired. In the last 65 years, they've served more than 10-thousand clients.

Each year, they select a distinguished Arkansan with a personal commitment to community service to receive the prestigious Vision Award.

This year, the WSB Foundation will honor Bob Shell, president and CEO of Baldwin & Shell Construction Company, with the 12th annual Vision Award on Wednesday, October 31, during a luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The Vision Award was created to recognize and honor the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated far-reaching vision in successfully orchestrating events through business enterprise and community involvement that better our society for all citizens, both sighted and visually impaired.

"From being a charter member of the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame to being a Presidential Appointee to the White House Conference on Small Business, Bob Shell's service and accomplishments both locally and nationally certainly qualify him to join this distinguished group of Arkansans," says Peter G. Kumpe, chair of the WSB Foundation's board of directors.

Past Vision Award honorees include Dr. Jonathan Bates, Bill Clark, Claiborne Deming, Maria Luisa Haley, Walter Hussman, Jo Luck, Jimmy Moses, Dr. Bobby Roberts, Doyle Rogers, Warren Stephens and Dr. Fitz Hill.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person, or $1,000 for a table of 10. To RSVP or for more information, call 501-664-7100 or email the Development Department at

(Source: World Services for the Blind)

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