Dining in the Dark

About the Event

Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark is back, in-person! Experience food, drink and conversation in a new way: in this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in darkness. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you wearing night vision goggles. The 11th annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser event for New Vision for Independence will showcase that blindness does not have to be a barrier to independence.

  • When: August 26, 2021, 6 p.m.
  • Where: Venetian Center, Leesburg
  • Cost: $700 for a private table of 8

Event is sold out – please contact Shelly at sgerig@newvisionfl.org to be added to the waitlist.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

We take the safety of our guests and team seriously. We will be enforcing the following protocols:

  • Reduced capacity, larger venue
  • Only private, distanced tables (no individual tickets sold)
  • Temperature checks to enter event
  • Easy refunds and substitutions
  • Masks provided and encouraged (when not eating/drinking)
  • Online silent auction
  • Outdoor cocktail hour
  • No communal food or drink
  • Hand sanitizer stations provided

(Protocols subject to change.)

Menu Coming Soon!

  • Salad: house salad – mixed greens, shredded carrots, diced tomato, and sliced shallots with fresh made croutons with either house balsamic agave vinaigrette or ranch dressing (you’ll have fun deciding which!)
  • Entree (your choice of a meat plate or vegetarian plate):
    • Meat: duet plate of roasted salmon with pesto and dill AND grilled lemon dijon chicken
      • Sides: creamy orzo and ratatouille
    • Vegetarian: portabella mushroom cap stuffed with herbed lentils and roasted vegetables, topped with pesto sauce, served with ratatouille
  • Dessert: key lime pie topped with fresh Chantilly cream

Small Print

Name, email address, and meal preference (meat or vegetarian) is required for each attendee. This information is due no later than one week prior to the event. Call 352-435-5040 or email cbuck@newvisionfl.org. All tickets include one free drink from the bar (beer, wine, or soda only), unless otherwise indicated on your sponsorship – must be 21 to have beer or wine. The bar closes promptly at 7 p.m. and only one drink may be carried into the dining room. In attending this event, you and your party assume all risks associated with this event, and hereby release New Vision for Independence, its employees and agents, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office/SWAT Team, and City of Leesburg from any and all liability arising from injury or damage that may be suffered from participation in this event. In participating, you grant full permission for the use of all recordings of this event. New Vision will attempt to accommodate any dietary restrictions if we are informed at least one week prior. We cannot guarantee you will receive your preferred meal choice due to the complex, logistical circumstances of serving food in the dark via night vision goggles and due to last-minute meal preference changes of our guests. Thank you for your patience!

Our “easy refund and substitution” policy for this event is that we discourage you from attending if you are not feeling well so a refund will be provided if you cannot attend. If you wish to send another in your place, email Chantel at cbuck@newvisionfl.org as soon as you know. All guest must be 18 to attend.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Cocktail Sponsor $1,500

Your business’s logo will be printed on drink tickets given to every guest and on a “Cocktail Hour Sponsored By” poster. You may also set out your company’s promotional items during the cocktail hour if you choose. You will receive one private table for 8 (plus 2 drink tickets per guest), and a full-page ad in the event program. Attendees get early access to the cocktail hour and express check-in.

[Sponsorship Reserved]

Darkness Sponsor $1,500

Contribute to the ambiance of the event by sponsoring luxury blindfold/sleep shades to be worn during the event (and guests will take home). Your business will be branded with the blindfolds, and you will receive a full-page ad and sponsor listing in the event program.

SWAT Photo Sponsor $1,000

SWAT team members pose with attendees for a unique memento of the event that are then shared electronically on social media. Your logo will be featured on all electronic and printed photos. You will also receive a private, named table for 8, and have a half-page ad in the event program.

Thank you, Mortgage Financial Group!

Dessert Sponsor $750

A delicious sweet treat sponsored by you will be served after the dining experience. Your business will be announced during the dessert portion of the event. You will also receive a half-page ad and sponsor listing in the event program. 

Thank you, Advent Health!

Eye Candy Sponsor $500

Your business’s logo will be printed on candy boxes placed on each table. Your business will receive a half-page ad and a sponsor listing in the event program.  

Thank you, Center for Retina and Macular Disease!

Thank you, Insight Credit Union! 

Thank you, Bert King CPA!

Program Sponsor

Full page— $200
Half page—$100
Your business will have an advertisement in the event program which is distributed to all guests during the event and electronically after the event to New Vision’s nearly-3,000 mailing list.

In Kind/Media Sponsorship

New Vision appreciates in-kind and media donations that contribute to the success of our annual fundraiser event. New Vision will provide an ad in our program and in our sponsor listing, and promote on social media (as appropriate).

Click here to sponsor the event!