Belmont senior and musical theatre major, Alie B. Gorrie, was recently selected as one of 20 Women Who Make a Difference for 2014, an initiative of Birmingham magazine and Alabama Media Group to honor women who are making a difference in business, philanthropy, the arts and other areas. She will be recognized at a luncheon in Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 22.
The list of honorees includes such luminaries as celebrities, CEOs, presidents and philanthropists. Gorrie is being recognized for founding Songs for Sight, a nonprofit organization that benefits teens with low vision, a challenge she has faced herself since birth.
As a teenager growing up with limited vision, Gorrie was thrilled to learn that with the proper training and technology, driving would be a possibility for her. Her excitement for the promise of future independence was dampened by the thought that many other teens with low vision could not afford these resources. At age 16, she founded Songs for Sight, combining her music industry connections with her passion for helping others. Since the, the organization has raised more $840,000 for the purpose of raising awareness and providing equipment and vision rehabilitation services for her fellow teens and young adults.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Gorrie will be playing the role of Ado Annie in the Musical Theatre Departments’s fall production of “Oklahoma.”