Dining in the Dark 2020 is SOLD OUT!

New Vision for Independence and Lake Eye Associates invite you to “dine for a night without sight” at our annual Dining in the Dark event. Experience food, drink and conversation as you may never have before – without your sight. In this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in total darkness. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you while wearing night vision goggles. The 10th annual Dining in the Dark event is designed to raise awareness about blindness and raise funds for New Vision, our local non-profit serving people with low vision or blindness and their families in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages.

When: April 17, 2020 | Cocktails & silent auction 6:00 | Dining experience 7:15

Where: Lake Receptions, 4425 N. HWY 19A, Mount Dora

Presenting Sponsor:

Lake Eye loho

Cocktail Sponsor:

Comcast Business logo

SWAT Photo Sponsor:

Mortgage Financial Group logo

We are currently sold out for this event. Please email Shelly at sgerig@newvisionfl.org to be added to the wait list. Thank you!


In addition, New Vision hosts several unique special events throughout the year. Check out our Events page for more!

White Cane Coffee

our display of the coffee: 8 boxes of kcups (French roast, Colombian supremo decaf, donut shop, creamy caramel, dragon's roast, Colombian supremo, and Jamaican Me Crazy), a spinner display with individual pods, a display of small bags of coffee, and sign that says "Premium Organic Coffee

New Vision is partnering with White Cane Coffee to bring delicious, fair trade, organic coffee to Lake County.

Their small batch roasted, organic, single origin coffee ensures is “the best you can get in both taste and quality.”

White Cane Coffee was started by a 22-year-old woman named Erin who is blind and on the autism spectrum, as are her brothers. They started this company not only to deliver excellent coffee but to provide jobs to people with disabilities at a living wage.

White Cane Coffee logo

In Stock Now

3oz. Bags $4.50 –Makes 20 cups

  • Donut Shop (medium)
  • Dark Roast (dark)
  • Breakfast (light)
  • Creamy Caramel
  • Dragon’s Roast (dark)
  • Lighthouse (medium)

Buy 2 bags, get a free reusable k-cup!

K-Cups $10 – 12 pods per box 

  • Colombian Supremo Decaf
  • Colombian Supremo
  • French Roast
  • Jamaican Me Crazy
  • Creamy Caramel
  • Dragon’s Roast
  • Breakfast
  • Donut Shop

The Facts About Vision Loss

In Florida:

  • 490,120 Floridians are visually impaired or blind (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)
  • Florida is 2nd in the U.S. for visual impairment, macular degeneration, glaucoma, & cataracts; 3rd in the U.S. for diabetic retinopathy (Source: Prevent Blindness, 2012)

In Lake and Sumter Counties:

  • More than 13,000 Lake & Sumter residents are visually impaired or blind (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)

Effect of Vision Loss:

  • Americans believe that severe vision loss would negatively impact their lives more than HIV/AIDS, cancer, stroke, heart attack/disease, diabetes, and deafness (Source: American Foundation for the Blind, 2007)

Effect of Vision Rehabilitation:

  • Maintaining robust instrumental activities of daily living reduces mortality risk in those with uncorrectable vision loss. (Source: JAMA Network Journals, 2014)