Dining in the Dark

Our Dining in the Dark at a Distance video – get situated and turn on this video for more instructions:

Check out the Online Silent Auction (closes at 10 p.m. 7/10/20).

About the Event

Our annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser brings together 250+ folks every year at our local reception hall for cocktails, a silent auction, and a sit-down dinner in the dark, served by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

In our current COVID world, we didn’t want to risk sickness with such a gathering (and we likely won’t be able to then, either). We’ve postponed our event once already, and instead of cancelling altogether, we’re trying something else…

Join New Vision and presenting sponsor Lake Eye Associates for Dining in the Dark at a distance!

Dining in the Dark at a Distance! text atop a white dinner plate. Lake Eye Associates, New Vision logos

Instead of dining in, we’re providing everything you need to have your own Dining in the Dark at home (or wherever you wanna gather with your party, but ya can’t stay here!). Our goal is to support our local economy by only using local vendors: this community has been good to us these past 15 years and we want to show our gratitude.

WHEN: July 10, 5 to 8 p.m. (you will be assigned to pick up!)

WHERE: 9501 US Hwy 441, Leesburg – the College Rd. parking lot of Lake Sumter State College

COST: $40 per person – ticket sales closed (thank you!)


Stations set up in the LSSC Leesburg parking lot for:

  • Appetizers to get us started, courtesy of our Appetizer Sponsor, Insight Credit Union
  • Dinner to go, catered by Mojo’s Leesburg
    • Option 1: chicken pepin with sautéed onions with black beans, yellow rice, and sweet plantains
    • Option 2: vegan quesadilla with tomatoes, avocado, corn, and black beans
  • Craft beer (one per guests over age 21 with valid ID, in a closed container, of course) from a local brewery Bru Tap
  • Dessert from Cuttin’ Dough, courtesy of our Dessert Sponsor, Advent Health Waterman

To give you a Dining in the Dark experience, we will provide blindfolds (don’t use while driving, please!) for you to wear while eating at home AND an online video to simulate being there (like helpful tips, a guest speaker, and corny jokes from our CEO). You’ll also get candy, courtesy of our Eye Candy Sponsors, Avalon Park Village and the Lake County Supervisor of Elections, and a beautiful printed program, printed by Litigation Solutions.

Our silent auction will be online (so please bid, even if you can’t make it)!
— Online Silent Auction is live now through July 10 at 10 p.m. Check it out!

We’ll also have our quintessential “Photo with the SWAT team” set-up for your party to get your photos taken, thanks to eSportsPhoto and our SWAT Photo Sponsor, Mortgage Financial Group.

**Note: Dining in the Dark 2020 has been rescheduled to July 10.

New Vision for Independence and presenting sponsor Lake Eye Associates will host the 10th annual Dining in the Dark on April 17, 2020!

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 wearing night vision goggles. This fundraiser meets fun night-out is a great way to learn more about both the challenges faced by those with visual impairment but also how those challenges can be overcome so blindness does not have to mean “the end.”

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

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

Tickets: $80 per ticket, or $750 for a sponsored table of 8 (1 drink ticket per person included)


Salad: mixed greens salad with feta cheese, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts, with your choice of ranch or raspberry vinaigrette

Entree (your choice of a meat plate or vegetarian plate):

Meat: a duet plate of both chicken parmesan and sliced sirloin with red white demi glaze

Sides: garlic and white cheddar mashed potatoes and pineapple glazed carrots

Vegetarian: cheese manicotti with marinara sauce

Dessert: tbd

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

Fyi, 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) – 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 Lake Receptions 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!

Promote your business while supporting this event!

Presenting Sponsor $5,000

You will be recognized as Presenting Sponsor for this event in all print materials. The presenting sponsor will receive a spread (or 2 full-page ads) in the event program and three named tables for 8 (24 tickets), receive a complimentary group photo with the SWAT team, and receive a Certificate of Appreciation presented at the event.

Thank you, Lake Eye Associates!

Cocktail Sponsor $1,500

Your business’s logo will be printed on drink tickets given to every guest, on a “Cocktail Hour Sponsored By” poster, and mentioned in advertising materials. You will also receive one reserved table for 8 plus 4 seats, and a full-page ad in the event program.

Thank you, Comcast Business!

SWAT Photo Sponsor $1,000

Handpicked SWAT team members pose with attendees for a unique memento of the event that are then shared electronically on Facebook, Instagram, and more. Your logo will be featured on all photos. You will also receive 4 event tickets 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 logo will be featured on the dessert. You will also receive 4 event tickets, and a half-page ad in the event program.

Thank you, Advent Health Waterman!

Eye Candy Sponsor $500

Your business’s logo will be printed on candies placed on each table. Your business will receive 2 event tickets and a half-page ad in the event program.

Thank you, Lake County Supervisor of Elections and Avalon Park!

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.

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 event tickets according to the dollar value of your sponsorship.
$250 – 1 ticket $500 – 2 tickets
$750 – 3 tickets $1,000 – 4 tickets

Click here to sponsor the event!