2017-03-15 / Top News

7th Dining in the Dark to be a country affair

Lighthouse of SWFL and Mike Greenwell’s 31 Produce will host a fun and unique dining experience of the season.

The 7th annual Dining in the Dark fundraising event will be held on Saturday, April 1. Gates open at 5 p.m. for a “Farm to Table Country Affair.”

Attendees will enjoy a “Country Corral,” complete with carnival games and carriage rides with Clydesdale horses.

Tickets include dinner, open bar, and dancing to country band Rebel Heart, while experiencing an evening under the stars. Travel packages, sports memorabilia and unforgettable experiences will be auctioned during live and silent auctions.

The main event, emceed by NBC-2’s Rachel Pierce, will feature down home cooking prepared by host and former Red Sox left-fielder Mike Greenwell at his 31 Produce farm, 18500 State Rd. Alva.

By wearing a blindfold while dining, the goal is to heighten your other senses, experience great food without the help of sight, and bring awareness to daily life for individuals living with blindness or vision impairment.

Since 2010, “Dining in the Dark” has raised almost $300,000 for programs and services for babies, children, teens, adults and seniors living with blindness and vision impairment.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Gorovoy M.D. Eye Specialists, Eye Associates’ Stephen E. Smith, M.D., Southwest Florida Optometric Association (SWFOA), The Palms of Fort Myers, Five Star Senior Living, Trilogy Home Healthcare, Florida Weekly, Ruth Messmer Florist, Schlager, Schlager, & Levin, SNEAD Eye Group, NBC-2, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Larry’s Pawn Shop, Joy Hazelton Photography, Chelie’s Jellies and Bubble Farm Soap.

Tickets are $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. For tickets and information see www.dininginthedarkswfl.com, call 997-7797 or email info@lighthouseswfl.org. Proceeds benefit the programs and services offered by Lighthouse of SWFL.

Lighthouse of SWFL’s mission is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society.

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