On Friday, October 15, from 6pm to 7pm, the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind (LVIB) is celebrating White Cane Awareness Day at LVIB’s 6th Annual Dining in the Dark. Everyone is invited to attend this free celebration being held on Zoom and www.facebook.com/LVIBDiningintheDark. The event includes Ways to Dine in the Dark, Prize Drawings, Client Testimonials, White Cane Demonstrations, and Donor Recognition.
In previous years, Dining in the Dark was an in-person event but during the pandemic, the only option to keep supporters and clients safe is to entertain them from a distance. And Dining in the Dark must go on—it cannot be cancelled as it is a major fundraiser for LVIB. Funds are raised through sponsorships and the crowd-pleasing prize drawings. This year, the big “draw” is our exclusive golf packages however, other wonderful prizes are also available. See our growing list of prizes at lvib.org.
LVIB is grateful for the support of Dining in Dark donors and sponsors that include two Platinum sponsors, Citarella Termite & Pest Management and Publix Super Markets Charities. A White Cane Sponsorship is also available for a special donor who would like a “walk on role” at the event.
White Cane Awareness Day is a national observance, held annually on October 15, in order to educate the public about the abilities of people who are visually impaired and blind, and about White Cane Law, which stipulates that pedestrians using a white cane or guide dog have right of way. The white cane allows someone with vision loss to sense or feel obstacles and changes in surfaces as they walk. An additional safely feature is the fact that it is the universal symbol for vision impairment and blindness. White cane training is one of several programs offered at no cost to LVIB clients so they can develop hope, confidence, and independence.
The mission of the Lighthouse is to educate, empower, and employ people who are visually impaired in blind, living in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. LVIB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which has served tens of thousands of people living with vision loss since 1983.
A copy of the lighthouse’s official registration and financial information may be obtained from the florida division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352. Lighthouse for the visually impaired and blind, inc. Is registered under ch662. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.