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Dining in the Dark event to raise awareness, funds for vision programs

Dining in the Dark can be an eye-opening experience for guests getting their first taste of what it is like to be blind.

The Minot Lions Club is holding Dining in the Dark Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sleep Inn in Minot. The event will feature a five-course meal that guests partake while blindfolded, with verbal dining guidance from a member of the North Dakota Association of the Blind.

Trampes Brown, first vice president for the Minot Lions Club, and president of NDAB, said this year’s event will feature informational videos during the initial social hour. NDAB members who are organizational leaders from around the state or residents of the region will be at each table to visit with guests about life with sight loss and to help build and foster relationships with the community.

“It’s a great experience,” Brown said. “Everybody just gets a really different appreciation for individuals with sight loss and just living life when you have lost one of your senses.”

The event serves as advocacy as well as a fundraiser for NDAB’s and Minot Lions’ vision assistance programs.

Cost is $60 per person and includes a choice of beef, chicken or vegan entrees. Advance registration is required and can be completed at givebutter.com/DiningInTheDark2021. Registration is expected to close after Oct. 22.

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