4th ‘Dinner in the Dark’ to Benefit Inherited Retinal Disease Community and Research
Tickets are on sale for the annual culinary adventure, Dinner In the Dark, taking place Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Now in its fourth year, Dinner in the Dark is the major annual fundraiser for Sofia Sees Hope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research and providing education and support to families affected by blindness caused by Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and other rare inherited retinal diseases.
This event comes at a critical time for the retinal disease community. “With advances in research like CRISPR and gene therapy, and successful clinical trials reversing blindness in children, we have more than just hope that cures on the horizon,” says Laura Manfre, organization co-founder and board president. “Now more than ever, it is critical that our patient community is supported, educated and informed, understands our role in moving research forward, and makes our voices heard in industry and policy. We rely on Dinner in the Dark to fund our mission and keep research moving forward.”
This dinner is a true culinary adventure — guests will dine with a blindfold on and the menu is a secret! The Mystic Marriott’s Chef enjoys this challenge of creating an exclusive menu that appeals to all of the senses. New this year, wine pairings are provided by Angelini Wine along with their producers, Il Borro Cellars from the Ferragamo estate in Tuscany, and Carpenè Malvolti in Veneto. Another new addition are the “Majestic Pearls”, donated by jeweler Simply Majestic in Mystic.
The keynote speaker this year is David Brint, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Brint has helped lead FFB’s research efforts for more than 15 years and is currently Vice Chairman of Research. Brint has a personal connection to inherited retinal degenerative diseases as his son, Alan, is affected by LCA.
Dinner in the Dark begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Tickets are $150 per person or $2,020 for a 20/20 Vision Table Patron. In 2016, this event sold out early and is expected to do the same this year.
The evening includes a live auction with exciting travel packages, an experience with award-winning pastry chef, Chef Franck Iglesias, from Cake by Franck, and more. The festivities end with music by The Cartells and dancing. Be prepared for a unique menu, fine wines, and sensory adventure! Tickets are available at www.sofiaseeshope.org.
Event sponsors include:
Renewal By Andersen / Window of Giving
Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
Andersen Oil Co.
Berry Land Clearing
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT
Charter Oak Credit Union
Chelsea Groton Bank
Eye Doctors Elgart, Pinn, Gordon & Elgart
Eye Specialists, LLC
Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Groton Eye Center
Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan, LLC
Kelsar Physical Therapy
Lee & Company Salon
Le Francois Floral & Gifts
Mary-Jo Shultis Photography
Noank Village Boatyard
Pine Point School
Retina Group of New England
Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law
The Morrison Family
Universal Package Store
Valenti Auto Mall
Mary Jo Shultis Photography
Clarity Quest Marketing
Eighty Six Media
Foxwoods Resort and Casino
Le François Floral & Gifts
Skincare and Wellness on the Thames LLC
The United States Coast Guard Academy