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Lighthouse of SWFL to host annual Dining in the Dark

By Staff | Sep 9, 2021

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida will host its 11th Annual Dining in the Dark on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Dining in the Dark is a unique, sensory awareness experience which gives attendees a first-hand glimpse into the challenges of living with blindness or low vision, while raising much-needed funds to achieve the organization’s mission of guiding people to independence.

Dining in the Dark will be held virtually using the Remo Virtual Platform for an interactive dining experience. An online auction with gift packages will be held in conjunction with the event.

On Sept. 23, attendees will arrive at their pre-scheduled Outback Steakhouse location, where they will receive a package with a delicious meal including dessert and a blindfold at the curbside pickup.

They will engage in the Dining in the Dark experience when they arrive home and log into the event using the Remo Virtual Platform. Lighthouse of Southwest Florida team members will provide live instruction to guide attendees through donning the blindfold and using the techniques taught by certified vision rehabilitation instructors to help them enjoy their food and beverage without vision.

Once attendees have enjoyed their sensory experience of dining on savory food, they will hear about Lighthouse of Southwest Florida’s impact on the community including powerful testimonials.

The auction will open on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. and end on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to check their bids throughout the time period. All proceeds will benefit the Lighthouse of Southwest Florida’s mission-driven programs for people of all ages with low vision and blindness.

Dining in the Dark is presented in collaboration with Outback Steakhouse and event sponsors Gorovoy M.D. Eye Specialist, Southwest Florida Optometric Association, Juniper Landscaping, Bob and Reina Schlager, O’Donnell Landscapes Inc., TriCircle Pavers Inc., Crews Environmental, CRS Technology Consultants, Right at Home, Motto Mortgage Infinity, and Scott White Advisors.

For ticket and sponsorship information, contact 239-997-7797 or info@lighthouseswfl.org or visit www.dininginthedarkswfl.com.