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Dining in the Dark

2019 Dining in the Dark – a meaningful evening for everyone!

This unique experience calls attention to the challenges people with vision loss face and the adaptations that allow them to be successful and independent.  Dining in the Dark also helps raise critical funds that support our mission. Vision Forward is the only full‐service organization serving Southeastern Wisconsin; clients travel from as far as northern Wisconsin for the exceptional expertise and programs.

Mark Baden, Chief Meteorologist at WISN Channel 12, welcomed guests at this year’s event and served as the emcee for the seventh year in a row.  Vision Forward is grateful for Mark’s support of this event and of its mission of empowering people of all ages with vision loss.

Guests of Dining in the Dark were treated to an elegant, four-course meal at Milwaukee’s Bacchus restaurant like never before – blind folded.  The event, hosted by Vision Forward Association, a nonprofit organization with a 100 year commitment to supporting people who are blind or visually impaired, took place on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  Proceeds from the dinner help fund support, training, therapy and education options for children, youth, adults and seniors impacted by vision loss.

Dinner Speaker – Michael Nye

Michael Nye shared his seven year journey of listening to the stories of men and women who are blind and visually impaired.  He crafted these insightful narratives into the ‘My Heart is Not Blind‘ exhibition, featuring artistic portraits of the individuals and an audio recording of their personal perspective on blindness.

The My Heart is Not Blind Exhibition is open to the public at the Milwaukee Public Library-Central Library during the month of November.


Be part of an exclusive fundraising event unlike any other in our community.  Attend next year’s event or become a sponsor and help Vision Forward Association provide vital programs that assist children and adults with vision loss in achieving their highest level of self-sufficiency.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To join our community supporters, contact ">Leona Knobloch, 414-615-0114, to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


Centennial Sponsor

Luminary Sponsor

Visionary Sponsor

Leader Sponsors

Guide Sponsors