Serving listeners for four decades, Talking Information Center (TIC), the non-profit reading service broadcasting 24-hours a day to thousands of visually impaired and otherwise print impaired listeners throughout the state, is celebrating their milestone with an elaborate 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
The gala, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will be held at Granite Links Golf Club, 100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy. The gala is TIC’s major fundraiser for the year and all proceeds directly benefit TIC, which serves the listening needs of thousands of visually impaired and otherwise disabled listeners throughout Massachusetts.
TIC will be honoring Ed Perry, founder of TIC and owner of WATD-FM in Marshfield, MA, for his many years of dedicated service to the community. In 1977, Perry donated his Subsidiary Carrier Authorization signal for use as the first radio reading service in New England.
Sinead Kane, an internationally known visually impaired athlete, lawyer, and inspirational speaker from Ireland, will be the keynote speaker.
Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, as well as live and silent auctions. Esplanade Travel generously donated the featured live auction item, which is a 10 Day Trip for Two to Australia. Other auction items include a round of golf at Old Sandwich Country Club (includes caddies and lunch), a home cooked lobster boil with all the fixings for up to 12 guests, Red Sox tickets, two tickets to see Andrea Bocelli perform in Boston on December 15th, a house cleaning service, and signed Ringo Starr Drumsticks.
Sponsors of the gala include Tiny & Sons Auto Glass, Joe McDonald Plymouth County Sheriff, Anonymous, VERC, Bond Printing & Marketing, and Esplanade Travel.
“TIC has been an important service for over 30,000 listeners across the state of Massachusetts for 40 years,” said Anna Dunbar, Executive Director. “We are very grateful to all who have generously supported TIC over the years, enabling us to carry out our vital mission.”
TIC provides human voiced broadcasts of local news, magazines, books and items of interest throughout Massachusetts to promote accessibility, independence, and enrich quality of life. As of September, TIC offers 255 unique programs in-house every week, which includes cultural programming such as old-time radio drama, theater, and poetry. TIC also broadcasts conferences and events presented by local non-profits and state agencies so that individuals unable to attend the events due to accessibility, transportation or financial issues, can still have access to the information presented. All services and programming provided by TIC are free.
Support TIC through Sponsorship or Auction Item Donation
To donate an auction item or to sponsor this event, contact Anna Dunbar at TIC at 781-834-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase tickets to the 40th Anniversary Gala or to make a general donation to TIC, visit www.ticnetwork.org.
The Hub of the Massachusetts Reading Network
Based in Marshfield, MA, TIC is a proud member of the International Association of Audible Information Services (IAAIS), and is the hub of the Massachusetts Reading Network, broadcasting to all of Massachusetts as well as southern New Hampshire and Connecticut. The non-profit reading service operates with the help of more than 500 volunteers statewide, broadcasting newspapers, magazines, books, special consumer information, medical and stock market updates, jobs, sports, supermarket specials, voting guides, community newspapers, and television programs. TIC also offers cultural programming such as old-time radio drama, theater, and poetry. TIC’s newest programming includes the Radio and Podcast Players and Veterans Voice.
TIC programming may be accessed several ways: via live audio stream at http://www.ticnetwork.org; by utilizing a specially tuned radio receiver; through AudioNow by calling 712-832-7025 from a home or cell phone; or by smartphone app. Listeners with smartphones may download the free TIC app by typing “Talking Information Center” in Apple or in the Google Play store for Android devices.
In 1977, Ed Perry, the founder of radio station WATD-FM in Marshfield, MA, donated his Subsidiary Carrier Authorization signal for use as the first radio reading service in New England. Operating similarly to other broadcast networks, TIC has affiliates throughout the state of Massachusetts that provide inserts of local news and information that is of interest to listeners in their area. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs oversees TIC, which is located at 130 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield, MA 02050. For more information visit www.ticnetwork.org or call (781) 834-4400.