Dining in the Dark at a Distance!

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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.

Dine for a night without sight

Dining in the Dark 2020 is SOLD OUT!


**NOTE: Dining in the Dark 202 has been rescheduled to July 10. In the meantime, stay safe and well! We look forward to “seeing” you then!

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!