Dinner in the Dark 2016

8th Annual Dinner in the Dark

Dining blindfolded was the challenge on October 22 at the Harman Center as Vision for Independence Center hosted the 8th annual Dinner in the Dark. A sold-out crowd attended the event to raise funds for our nonprofit whose mission is to “offer hope and maximize quality of life for people with vision loss” from conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

The evening began with appetizers, wine, beer and sparkling cider while socializing, enjoying the silent auction, and music by Teetering Toward Yesterday. Diners were then led blindfolded into the banquet room for a unique and educational dining experience.

View the photos from the 2016 Dinner in the Dark event


Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!

Main Event Sponsor ($2000 and up)

Bruce Heiser, Morgan Stanley Yakima Lions Club, Yakima Society of Optometric Physicians

Platinum Sponsor ($1000-$1999)

Rick & Lisa Plath in honor of Favian Romero, Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

Gold Sponsor ($750-$999)

The Eye Center

Silver Sponsor ($500-$749)

Abbott’s Printing, Inc. Avail Home Health, Inc. Banner Bank Elliott Insurance Service, Inc. Graf Investments, Matson Fruit Co. Pacific Cataract & Laser Institute, Susie Temple, Vision Craft, Inc.

Bronze Sponsor ($250-$499)

Central Washington Insurance Agency, Inc. Granger Lions Club, Jimmy Johns, Keith Gomes, Les Schwab, Ellensburg Mike & Brenda Mills, Michelsen Packaging Co., Naches Lions Club, Naches Sunshine Lions Club, Peter Hastings, Fiduciary-Centered Advice, Terrace Heights Lions Club, Tieton Lions Club, Toppenish Lions Club, Tree Top,, US Bank, West Valley Lions Club, Zillah Lions Club

Table Sponsors

Abbott’s Printing, Inc., Cascade Eye Center, Dale & Nancy Graf, Edith Bishel, Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Family Vision Care, Health Alliance, Pat & Polly Conley, Yakima Vision Center, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Yakima Valley Council of the Blind

Special Thanks

Cintas, Costco, Dennis Foster, Enhanced Vision, Kinmark Auto & RV Service, Linda Roth, State Farm Insurance, Party Palace, Starbucks, 72nd Avenue, Wes Wilson

Wine:  Windy Point Vineyards

Beer: The Beer Shoppe, Vickie & Darrell Bechard

Catering:  New Hope Industries

Entertainment:  Teetering Toward Yesterday, Jeff Martin & Joe Schoell

MC:  George Allan

Speaker:  Susan Morley-Rawson

Photographers:  Eisenhower High School Photography Students

Event Staff:  Lions Club members from Chinook Pass, Ellensburg, Granger, Naches, Naches Sunshine, Selah, Terrace Heights, Tieton, West Valley, Yakima, and Zillah, VIC volunteers, board members and friends.