Final Thought

BVA Executive Director Al Avina presents plaque to Ed Diener

The annual Irving Diener Award, named for a New York businessman who served on BVA’s National Advisory Committee and continuously supported the organization in the 1950s and 60s, will be presented at the upcoming BVA 71st National Convention.

The award seeks to honor the blinded veterans who make an outstanding contribution to their regional group and the organization as a whole. Irving’s son, Ed, now of Fairfax, Virginia, shown at right with Al Avina, visited BVA National Headquarters on June 14 to offer additional financial support for the award.

Ed presented the funds to BVA in honor of Irving Diener’s great grandson, Alexander Irving Diener, for whom a certificate was prepared by BVA Administrative Director Brigitte Jones prior to Ed’s visit. The additional funds will support the award for the next several years.