Din­ing for Those in the Dark is Sat.

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

ST. MICHAELS — There is still time to reser ve your seats for the 9th an­nual Din­ing for Those in the Dark fundrais­ing event to help pre­vent blind­ness caused by de­gen­er­a­tive eye dis­eases.

Par tic­i­pants will be blind­folded dur­ing their din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to bet­ter ap­prox­i­mate the re­al­ity of blind­ness. Fol­low­ing the din­ner on Satur­day, Oct. 13, at Miles River Yacht Club, an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Silent Auc­tion will be held. Items will be avail­able for bids the full week­end at MRYC.

This year’s event will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ments in re­search. At­tend­ing the din­ner will be two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Wilmer Eye In­sti­tute af­fil­i­ated with Johns Hopkins Medicine: Ash­ley D. Deemer, O.D., and Man­deep S. Singh, M.D., Ph.D. This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for those in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about the re­cent ad­vances in this area.

Reti­nal de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases af­fect ap­prox­i­mately 20 mil­lion peo­ple. The best-known are mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion and re­tini­tis pig­men­tosa. There are many oth­ers, such as usher syn­drome, which af­fects only chil­dren and causes both blind­ness and deaf­ness.

Colleen Shee­han of New­comb has spent years rais­ing money for blind­ness re­search and treat­ment, and founded Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Sight Foun­da­tion. Its mis­sion is to raise funds for vi­sion re­search in hopes of de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive meth­ods of prevent­ing, treat­ing, and cur­ing vis­ual im­pair­ments. “It is my pleasure to do my part in en­sur­ing a fu­ture sighted world for all,” she said.

Cost is $75 for a gourmet, four­course din­ner with wine. For tick­ets, call Shee­han at 410-763-8400 or chesa­peake­baysight­foun­da­tion@gmail.com.

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