02/10/2018 4th Annual Dining in the Dark Dinner & Dance Benefit

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The 4th Annual Dining in the Dark

Make your reservation today 727-815-0303

Saturday, February 10, 2018, Reception & Silent Auction at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill, FL 34609
For reservations, corporate tables & sponsorship:
$100 per person
Download the 4th Annual Sponsorship Brochure and Meal Selection Form
You can also RSVP by calling or emailing: Pasco (727) 815-0303 | Hernando (352) 754-1132 | events@lvib.org
Dining in the Dark is held in velvety darkness with interludes of light–you enjoy your appetizer in complete darkness but have a choice of eating your main course and dessert ‘with your eyes.’ This simulation in vision impairment allows your sense of taste, smell, and touch to take over; you savor sensuous tastes, smells and textures, while challenging your palate to tease out the mysteries of the menu. Dining in the Dark is also a fundraiser, back by popular demand, in support of Lighthouse services for people who are visually impaired and blind.

If you would like to be on the event mailing list for the 2018 event, please email events@lvib.org. You can also show your support by sending a Dining in the Dark email to your friends & family.

The 3rd Annual Lighthouse Dining in the Dark Event Recap

What a wonderful 2017 Dining in the Dark experience. On February 4, 2017, at the Silverthorn County Club, 120+ guests converged to Dine in the Dark and support services for the blind. Before dinner, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while participating in our Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, and Selfie Contest; visiting our Assistive Technology Display; and, wearing vision simulators which simulate what is seen with various eye conditions. Then, with the assistance of the Hernando County S.W.A.T. Team using night vision monocles, guests were seated in the dining room where they enjoyed their appetizer in complete darkness. Diners commented, by saying, “I have a new appreciation for the blind,” “Every mouthful was a tasty surprise,” and “It is good for people to do this because it’s such an eye-opening experience.” After the appetizer, the lights came up and guests continued with their meal, some still wearing simulator glasses and blindfolds. The evening wrapped up with speeches, and then dancing thanks to the compelling beat of DJ Willie Matos. We also gave our Bright Light Of the Lighthouse Award to Wayne Selk, for going above and beyond to maintain the Lighthouse network.

While our guests had fun with vision simulators, dining and dancing, and participating in various activities, one of the night’s highlights was listening to Carl, a Lighthouse client alumnus, speak about meeting the challenges caused by vision impairment. Carl is a husband and a business owner, and he is hearing and vision impaired. He told us about growing up isolated and alone because of his hearing loss, and how a recent vision loss drove him into emotional darkness. When Carl came to the Lighthouse, he was in need of counseling and training in order to adjust to being deaf-blind. His individualized program included connecting him with others also experiencing a dual-sensory loss, and a strong emphasis on the development of tactual abilities. Carl is now able to use a white cane for safe travel, a computer with access technology to stay connected, and braille to read and write independently. He is confident and at peace and says he is a better person because of his life’s experience and because of Lighthouse services.

Our 2017 Sponsors and Supporters


  • SunTrust Bank


  • Citarella Termite & Pest Management
  • PDQ

Silent Auction Donors

  • Addome Bella Spa
  • Black Diamond Ranch
  • Capelli Hair Salon
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Inc.
  • Chefs of Napoli
  • Shawn Foster
  • Guido’s Pizza Cafe & Restaurant
  • Holiday Inn Harbourside Indian Rocks Beach
  • Island Grove Wine Company
  • Lenorative Yoga
  • Live Oak Theatre Company
  • Luigi’s Pizza
  • PRP Wine International, Inc.
  • Bill & Mary Repper
  • Rocco’s Pizza
  • Jennifer Selk/Suncoast Clinical Research
  • Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse
  • Silverthorn Country Club
  • Up 4 Breakfast

Other Donors & Special Thanks

  • ABCO Graphics & Commercial Print
  • Angie Bonfardino/United Way of Hernando
  • Daffodil Hill Florist
  • Barbara De Simone
  • F.I. Grey & Son, Inc. Realtor
  • Terry & Mary Haas
  • Sam & Roseann Hammock
  • Captain James T. Powers, Jr. & Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nikki Lyon
  • John & Debbie Mann
  • Alvin Nienhuis II
  • Patriot Lending
  • Photos by J David
  • Bruce & Maria Pienkos
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Ed Quigley/Quigley CPA
  • Spring Hill Central Rotary Foundation, Inc.
  • Staywell

Dining in the Dark Committee

  • J. Bruce Pienkos (Event Chair)
  • Maria Pienkos
  • Aaron Lyon
  • John & Debbie Mann
  • Joseph & Susan Mayer
  • Stefan & Rachel Mayerschoff
  • Captain James Powers
  • Mark & Zima Schrecongost