Blind Date 2017 – May 24, 2017
Since 2010 we’ve held an annual Blind Date where guests enjoy a special night out while dining blindfolded.
“Attendees get to see what we don’t see,” said Jean Peyton, one of the founders of Blindconnect. “It’s really an eye-opener for everyone.”
Blind Date is a "dining in the dark experience" where participants have dinner under sleep-shades in order to raise community awareness of blindness and money to support Blindconnect’s programs, including Angela's House. If you joined us May 24th, you know that it was a wonderful event. There were 165 of us there. Your Board of Directors, led by event chair Diane Fischer, made this all work.
The silent auction items were spectacular. Thanks to Annmarie Feiler of Choice Center Leadership University who made the display both attractive and fun. Lots of spirited bidding followed. Three wonderful raffle prizes included Southwest Airline tickets and a stay at the Golden Nugget, a couples massage from ESPA at the Vdara, and a golf package at Beaver Dam Resort drew lots of eager participants.
The venue and the food were wonderful and the Vdara took great care of us. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a very special evening
Blind Date 2016 —
During our last Blind Date, we welcomed 160 guests first to Angela’s House to see the overall facility and then to enjoy a learning experience eating as visually impaired people have to — in darkness.
Angela’s House is inside the RTC’s Mobility Training Center. It’s our very own movie set with streets and, buildings, and even a bus that can circulate around the facility. The overall experience helps visually impaired people test their skills before venturing into the larger community. Of course, our program trains them first.
This streetscape was the scene for our last Blind Date. It was packed with people chatting, laughing, and ‘challenging’ themselves to discover what it’s like eating a meal without any visual cues, as they wore sleep-shades. Some guests had the opportunity to enjoy a drink on our real city bus, something you can’t normally do outside our sanctuary training facility. Blindconnect Board members spoke about our mission, and our newest video "Setting our Sights on Independence" was shown.
Kevin Janison of KVSN, Channel 3 hosted our party and everyone was enthusiastic, which made our silent auction a great success.