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Guests to Experience Vision Loss during 'Dining in the Dark' Fundraiser

2014 Dining in the Dark
Posted at 10:09 PM, Oct 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-20 18:26:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - On Sunday, October 26, 2014, the Lighthouse of the Big Bend will host the 10th annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark event. It will be held at the FSU University Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Organizers say more than 300 guests will get a realistic sense of everyday life for those with vision loss when they enjoy a three-course meal in complete darkness. They say the goal is to bring both awareness and funds for the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a local non-profit serving blind and vision-impared residents throughout the 11-county Big Bend area.

Tallahassee Mayor-elect Andrew Gillum is expected to be this year's honorary host and SWAT Team members from the Leon County Sheriff's Office will be serving the meals, using night vision goggles.

“Although some people may get anxious about the idea of dining in complete darkness, Dining in the Dark actually shows just how much can be accomplished even without being able to see,” said Barbara Ross, Lighthouse’s executive director. “Even in this short time, guests find that the information they receive from their other senses becomes more noticeable and they are able to enjoy their meal quite well without their vision.”

Last year's even raised over $33,000 for the non-profit.

General admission tickets start at $60. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, visit http://www.firesight.org/LBBDID.htm