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Annual sensory experience to raise awareness of blindness and visual impairment 

Contact: Dena Fellows, Marketing Director, Vision Forward Association
414‐615‐0134 • dfellows@vision‐forward.org

October 22, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

DINING IN THE DARK OFFERS AN EXPERIENCE OF BLINDNESS
Vision Forward hosts its 13th annual sensory experience to raise awareness of blindness and visual impairment 

Milwaukee, Wis. – Dining in the Dark, a fundraising event in which guests are guided through a journey into the world of vision loss with a blindfolded dining experience, will take place Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Italian Community Center.

Vision Forward, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to empowering, educating and enhancing the lives of individuals impacted by vision loss, invites members of the community to attend the event.

Dining in the Dark is a unique and unforgettable experience. Through a four-course meal eaten under blindfold, guests take a journey into the world of vision loss, discovering a deeper understanding and awareness of what people who are blind or visually impaired face.

“Dining in the Dark provides the opportunity for us to experience life from a different perspective – the perspective of living with vision loss,” said Terri Davis, chief executive officer of Vision Forward. “The experience will affect each of us differently. For some, you may find eating your meal more challenging. For others, it may be talking with others at your table to be more difficult. Our hope is that you will all come away from this event with a deeper understanding of not only the obstacles that vision loss presents to each unique individual, but the positive affirmations that can be realized along the way.”

Brittney Hodson will be the event’s dinner speaker. A credit services and call center representative at Kwik Trip Inc., Brittney will share her story of sudden vision loss and the impact it has had on her life as a mother, wife and employee.

“As the only organization providing comprehensive vision loss support and programs for people of all ages in Wisconsin, Vision Forward needs the support of the community to serve its clients,” Terri Davis said. “The Dining in the Dark dinner serves two main purposes. It is a critical fundraiser to support our mission, and it raises awareness among the public for the valuable contributions that people with vision loss contribute to our community every day.”

The emcee of the event will be WISN-Channel 12 News Anchor Toya Washington. A delicious dinner will be provided by Bartolotta Catering & Events.

To learn more about Dining in the Dark, visit www.vision-foward.org/dining-in-the-dark.

The growing list of corporate and community sponsors supporting Dining in the Dark includes: ibvi; Beyond Vision; DentaQuest; Brett and Kathy Bostrack; Johnson Financial Group; Rick and Lisa Roszkowski; Dr. Deborah and Jeffrey Costakos; Paul and Dave Strelitz; Hiller Ford; O’Leary and Anick; PNC Bank; SVA Certified Public Accountants; Milwaukee Eye Care; HR Sherpaz; First Business Bank; Kwik Trip; Air Technology Services; Ernst & Young; Mitchell J. Marks CPA LLC; R&R Insurance Services Inc; Terri and Michael Davis; CureMD; Cindy and Roger Schaus; Healthfuse; Bill Radonski; Retina and Vitreous Consultants of Wisconsin; WISN-Channel 12; and Steve Jagler Executive Branding LLC.

For context, the numbers surrounding vision loss are unsettling:

  • Every seven minutes, someone in the U.S. permanently loses his or her vision; there are an estimated 314 million visually impaired people worldwide.
  • As many as 200,000 people in Wisconsin are blind or visually impaired, and by 2030, the number of Americans affected by age‐related blindness is expected to double.
  • Vision Forward is the only organization providing comprehensive vision loss support and rehabilitation for infants, children, adults and seniors of all ages in Wisconsin.

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