You are invited to the 7th annual Dining in the Dark!
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Ready for some fun in our Country Corral?

        Lighthouse of SWFL and Mike Greenwell’s 31 Produce invite you to the most fun and unique dining experience of the season!  The 7th annual Dining in the Dark fundraising event will be held on Saturday April 1, 2017. Gates open at 5:00 P.M for our “Farm to Table Country Affair”.  Attendees will enjoy our “Country Corral”, complete with carnival games and carriage rides with Clydesdale horses. Tickets include dinner, open bar, and dancing to country band Rebel Heart, while experiencing an evening under the stars!  Bid on exciting travel packages, sports memorabilia, and unforgettable experiences during our live and silent auctions. The main event, emceed by NBC-2’s Rachel Pierce, will feature down home cookin’ prepared by host and former Red Sox left-fielder Mike Greenwell at his 31 Produce farm, 18500 State Rd. Alva, FL 33920. By wearing a blindfold while dining, the goal is to heighten your other senses, experience great food without the help of sight, and bring awareness to daily life for individuals living with blindness or vision impairment. 
        Since 2010, “Dining in the Dark” has raised almost $300,000.00 for programs and services for babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors living with blindness and vision impairment.  Lighthouse of SWFL would like to thank our 2017 sponsors for their support – Gorovoy M.D. Eye Specialists, Eye Associates – Stephen E. Smith, M.D., Southwest Florida Optometric Association (SWFOA), The Palms of Fort Myers – Five Star Senior Living, Trilogy Home Healthcare, Florida Weekly, Ruth Messmer Florist, Schlager, Schlager, & Levin, SNEAD Eye Group, NBC-2, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Larry’s Pawn Shop, Joy Hazelton Photography, Chelie’s Jellies, RE/MAX Destination Realty, and Bubble Farm Soap. 
       Tickets are $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight.  For tickets and information go to, or call (239) 997-7797 or email  Proceeds benefit the programs and services offered by Lighthouse of SWFL.
        Lighthouse of SWFL’s mission is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society.  Lighthouse of SWFL., is a 501(c)3  United Way Partner that is also partially funded by the Division of Blind Services, Lee County Government and other private donors.
Thank you Mr. Larry Hart, Lee County Tax Collector, Mrs. Evie Platt, and the entire staff who lovingly knitted and crocheted these beautiful blankets for United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties Day of Caring. Because of their heartfelt generosity, 60 blind and visually impaired babies and children being served at Lighthouse of SWFL will now experience the comfort of a soft, warm and fuzzy blanket of their very own! Thank you so much!
Lighthouse of SWFL was proud to partner with Gulf Coast Symphony for their 20 Days of Music campaign. During January and February, Gulf Coast Symphony presented more than 20 days of free events throughout Southwest Florida, which included a Lunch and Learn session for clients of Lighthouse of SWFL. The topic was entitled: The Sensory Experiences of Music.   
Lighthouse of SWFL's very own Sing-a-Lings group, will be performing at Barbara B. Mann Theater on March 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the foyer before the Gulf Coast Symphony event - Mahler Symphony #2: Resurrection.  
Success Story
        Evan Connell, an officer with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Unit, celebrated his 20th anniversary employed by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. As a former client of the Lighthouse of SWFL, and current Lighthouse Board of Directors member, Evan shares his story:
        “When I was in my teens and early twenties I thought I was going to be a successful cattleman and farmer as my grandfather and his father were.  When I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa I had to accept that my hopes and dreams were going to change.  I’ll admit it took a little while.  However, I accepted that my life was changing and I had to “relearn” how to learn, from a visual to an audible learner, and then I was able to see what opportunities were out there for me.  That is when I learned about the opportunity at the Sheriff’s Office and the programs and services at the Lighthouse of SWFL. When I first entered the Lighthouse, 20 years ago, the only thing I could do on a computer was find the space bar.  In twelve weeks, after learning to type over twenty words a minute with no mistakes and some basic computer skills, I was off to my career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. I haven’t looked back since then and I am celebrating my 20th year here at the Sheriff’s Office!”
        Congratulations on your success Evan!
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