Guide Dogs Featured at Alabama’s Peanut Festival


(l to r) Alabama Local 2003 member Freddie Head, IAM Grand Lodge Representative Tony Blevins, former Local 2003 Educator Teresa Blevins, her guide dog Liberty and Adam Beasley..

The National Peanut Festival is held every year in Dothan, AL, where peanuts and helicopters provide much of the area’s jobs. Nearly 4,000 IAM Local Lodge 2003 members work at nearby Ft. Rucker, servicing the Army’s helicopter fleet.

For ten years, the IAM and Guide Dogs of America (GDA) has hosted a booth at the festival, spearheaded by Local 2003 member Adam Beasley. GDA is honoring Adam this year with the Gift of Sight Award at the annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet in Las Vegas, NV. Beasley has become one of GDA’s most dedicated ambassadors, traveling throughout the South spreading information and raising money for Guide Dogs.

Adam will be joined this year at the Peanut Festival booth by IAM member Teresa Blevins, who lost her sight a few years ago and now has a Guide Dog from Guide Dogs of America. Teresa and her husband, Grand Lodge Representative Tony Blevins will be on hand to help educate fairgoers about the Sylmar, CA-based organization that breeds, trains and provides guide dogs free of charge.

“Adam makes everyone proud, said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez, who is also being honored this year at the annual banquet with the Gift of Sight Award. “Adam is an amazing volunteer, and the Southern Territory is very proud of him.”

Click here to view video interviews with IAM members at the National Peanut Festival.