Dining for Those in the Dark is Sat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.