4th Annual Dinner in the Dark
Vision for Independence Center held its 4th annual Fundraiser, a Dinner in the Dark, on October 19, 2012 at the Yakima Valley Museum. 136 blindfolded guests again attended the event. They enjoyed a delicious meal while learning and sharing in this unique experience of dining without sight. Thanks to the generous support of businesses and community members, our 2012 fundraiser was the most successful to date. Together we raised over $22,000!
The evening began with hors d’oeuvres and sparkling cider, along with wine generously donated by Wineglass Cellars. Steve & Gloria entertained the guests as they bid on over 90 silent auction items. At dinnertime, guests were blindfolded and guided to their tables by volunteers from VIC and area Lions Clubs. The evening meal was catered by New Hope Industries. Beautiful table centerpieces were donated by The Findery.
The funds raised will allow us to continue offering low vision examinations and equipment to people regardless of their finances. Your support will also help us to reach our current goals of expanding the selection of low vision devices and extending clinic and store hours to better serve our patients and their families.
2012 Event Sponsors
Main Event Sponsor ($2000 and up)
Yakima Lions Club
Platinum Sponsor ($1000-$1999)
Calcoe Federal Credit Union
Washington Fruit Company
Gold Sponsor ($750-999)
Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute
Naches Lions Club, in memory of Don Kilpatrick
Silver Sponsor ($500-749)
Elliott Insurance Service, Inc.
Naches Sunshine Lions Club
Abbott’s Printing, Inc.
Vision Craft, Inc.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Dr. Richard Ehlers, Ophthalmologist
Bronze Sponsor ($250-499)
Les Schwab, Ellensburg
Dennis Foster, Vision Matters
Terrace Heights Lions Club
Central Washington Insurance
Community Health of Central Washington
Graf Investments, Inc.
Bruce Heiser, MorganStanley SmithBarney
John Kupanoff, Michelsen Packaging
Wine Glass Cellars
Tieton Lions Club
Doran Riehl, DDS
9th Street Domino’s Pizza
Starbucks, 72nd Avenue
Linda Roth, State Farm Insurance
5th Avenue Kentucky Fried Chicken
Nob Hill Safeway
Robert V. Lance, retired OD
Wine: Wine Glass Cellars
Catering: New Hope Industries
Entertainment: Steve & Gloria
Featuring Steve Millen: vocal and guitar & Gloria Waltman: keyboard
MC: Tricia Eyerly
Speaker: Lou Miley
Photographer: Lowell Kinney of Kinney Photography
Event Staff: Members from the Tieton Lions Club,
Chinook Pass Lions Club, Yakima Lions Club, West
Valley Lions Club, Naches Lions Club, Naches
Sunshine Lions Club, and VIC clinic volunteers and
Donors to Silent Auction
Click here to read a full report about the 2010 event and to see pictures of the 2009 event.