Dining in the Dark

Dine for a night without sight

**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!