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Dining in the Dark

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What is it? 
The eighth annual New Vision for Independence Dining in the Dark event is a unique experience to raise awareness about blindness and raise funds for our local non-profit serving people of all ages with low vision or blindness and their families in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages. 

What happens at the event? 
Experience food, drink and conversation as you may never have before – without your sight. The meal will be served in complete darkness and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you wearing their night vision goggles. Prior to the dinner, enjoy the silent auction and cash bar. 

When and where will this take place? 
Friday, April 7 – Cocktails & silent auction at 6 p.m. Dining experience starts at 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6:45 p.m.)
At Lake Receptions, 4425 N Highway 19A, Mount Dora, Florida.

What are we eating?
Salad: strawberry salad (lettuce, fresh strawberries, and mozzarella cheese drizzled with a house vinaigrette)

Entree: your choice of a MEAT or VEGETARIAN
  • MEAT: duet plate with Key Largo chicken (sauteed chicken breast topped with onions, mushrooms, bacon, and mozzarella cream sauce) and London broil (tender slices of beef drizzled with Cabernet sauce), with colorful potato medley and asparagus (if available)
  • VEGETARIAN: pasta Primavera (pasta cooked to perfection with an assortment of fresh vegetables)
Your ticket includes one free drink from the bar (wine/beer if over 21, soda).

How much does it cost?
  • Tickets are $70 each
  • Named table of 8 (table sponsor) is $600


We are currently sold old! If you would like to be added to our wait list, please email Chantel at Thank you for your interest!

Sponsorship Opportunities

How can I become a sponsor? 
We have several opportunities for you and/or your business to receive some publicity and partner with New Vision for Independence to support our work in assisting people who are visually impaired. Sponsorships start at just $100.

According to a recent study by Cone Incorporated:
  • 92% of people have a more positive image of a company that supports a cause they care about.
  • 85% of the public want to buy a product that supports a good cause.
  • 87% of the public are likely to switch to a product or service if it's associated with a good cause.
Help us help you!
Co-Presenting Sponsor: $2,500
You will be recognized as Presenting Co-Sponsor for this event in all print materials (time sensitive). Along with Lake Eye Associates, your name and/or logo will be included on:
  • All marketing materials including press releases, and signage,
  • Invitations, 
  • New Vision Newsletter.
Each co-sponsor will receive a half-page ad in the event program. The co-sponsors will also share three named tables for 8 (or 12 tickets each), receive a complimentary group photo with the SWAT team, and a receive Certificate of Appreciation presented at the event. ONE CO-SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE

Cocktail Sponsor: $1,000
Your business’s logo will be printed on drink tickets given to every guest, on a “Cocktail Hour Sponsored By” poster, and in the event program. You will also receive one table for 8 and a quarter-page ad in the event program. THANK YOU, COMCAST BUSINESS

Dessert Sponsor: $750
Delicious sweet treat with coffee will be served while you share your experience with friends around the table. Your logo will be featured on the dessert. You will also receive 3 event tickets and be listed in the event program. ONE SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE  

Eye Candy Sponsor: $500
A delicious sweet treat with coffee will be served while you share your experience with friends around the table. Your logo will be featured on the dessert.  You will also receive 4 event tickets, and a quarter-page ad in the event program.  

Program Sponsor: 
Full page $200 | Half page $100 | Quarter page $50
Your business will have an advertisement in the event program which is distributed to all guests. 10 SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

In Kind Sponsorship
New Vision appreciates in-kind donations that contribute to the success of our annual fundraiser event. New Vision will provide event tickets according to the dollar value of your sponsorship.
$250 - 1 ticket
$500 - 2 tickets
$750 - 3 tickets
$1,000 - 4 tickets
(And so on)

Media Sponsorship
New Vision values our media partners. In exchange for your media sponsorship, your business’s logo will be included in the print media advertising. New Vision will also provide event tickets according to the dollar value of your sponsorship.
$250 - 1 ticket
$500 - 2 tickets
$750 - 3 tickets
$1,000 - 4 tickets
(And so on) 

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Help Us Change Lives

Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors learn to adapt to and overcome vision loss!

You can also help out by applying to volunteer with New Vision!

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9501 US Hwy 441,
Leesburg, FL 34788

Lake-Sumter State College,
Lake Hall, Room 140

(352) 435-5040
Fax: (352) 435-6303

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Shop our selection of New Vision-themed shirts, hats, cups, and so much more. Click to visit our Cafe Press store!

(We are working on adding descriptions to each product - thank you for your patience. If you need assistance, please call our office at 352-435-5040.)

Thanks to Our Supporters

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Lake Sumter State College logo
Lake County Florida logo

Visionaries ($5,000)
  • Lake Eye Associates
Partners ($1,000)
  • Henn House Printing
  • Alan Hays Leadership Fund
  • Insight Community Foundation
  • Lake Sumter Lions Foundation
  • Women's Club of Lakes of Mount Dora
  • Comcast Business
  • Colleen Kollmann
  • Advocating for Kids
  • Amazing Race for Charity
  • The Marx Family
  • Harper Family Charitable Foundation
  • Irma & Orvilla Parker Charitable Trust
  • J. Milton & Nellie E. Hoffa Memorial Foundation
  • Carlisle Rogers Family Foundation
  • Matthew & Mildred Hunter Charitable Trust
  • Dorothy B. Crooker Steves Charitable Trust

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