Lighthouse of the Big Bend Press Release
Tallahassee - Tallahassee's premiere, multi-sense dining experience takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 13th at the FSU University Center Club.
Benefiting the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, Dining in the Dark is a unique event that both raises needed dollars to serve Big Bend residents who are blind and visually impaired, while at the same time allowing guests to experience a few hours of what those who are blind experience every day.
Although some people may be anxious about dining in complete darkness, guests over the past eight years have given this event rave reviews, especially because information from their other senses becomes more noticeable and they find that they are able to dine very well even without their vision.
During the reception, which begins at 4:30 p.m., guests will be greeted by Honorary Host, Florida Senator Bill Montford, and will receive training on how to comfortably walk, sit, and eat in the dark. As guests are called to be seated, Lighthouse volunteers who are blind, and who are adept at navigating in the dark, will guide them through the darkened ballroom to their tables.
The four-course menu will allow diners to savor the intensified tastes and smells of an elegant meal, which will be served by volunteers from the Leon County Sherriff's Office SWAT Team, who will be wearing night-vision goggles. Provisions have been made for guests preferring a vegetarian meal and for those with any dietary restrictions.
Irresistible baskets will tempt raffle lovers, plus tactile tic-tac-toe will be available as entertainment between menu courses. This year, Tinetta Cooper, whose vision became severely impaired due to diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and optic nerve atrophy, will share her inspirational story of how the Lighthouse "guided her through vision loss" and how she now guides others.
The evening will conclude with Honorary Host Senator Bill Montford presenting the Lighthouse 2013 Paula Bailey Inspirational Community Member Award.
The Lighthouse would like to thank our generous sponsors, including Doug and Elizabeth Bailey, Franz Braatz, Audrey Copeland Bell, Glen and Sharyn Davidson, Palmer Eye Center, Evelyn Sewell, Southern Vitreoretinal Associates, Sundstrom, Friedman & Fumero, Tallahassee Community College, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the University Center Club.