Bidding in the Dark

BIDDING IN THE DARK: October 22-29, 2021

We dare you to join this unique virtual experience to help us raise awareness and funds for treatments for blindness. 

Text BIDDARK21 to 76278 to get started.

Tap into your inner adventurer and philanthropist and bid on items without being able to see them. Welcome back to Bidding in the Dark.

For all of the items, we’ve provided some description, so you’re not completely in the dark.

For some of the items, there are hints. Just click on the “Get a Hint” link wherever you see this on an auction item to view the sponsored hint.

For a few of the items, we’ve attempted to simulate what the item might look like to someone who has a rare retinal disease. Being blind doesn’t always mean a complete loss of light perception. It might involve loss of one’s central vision, blurred vision, extreme sensitivity to light, night blindness, color loss, a limited field of vision or a number of other challenges based on the retinal disease and severity of the condition.

Only a few of us experience the challenges of growing up without sight, or of going to high school and wondering every day if tomorrow morning will be the day you wake up and can no longer see daylight.

With your help, we can make a difference by raising funds for research to treat blindness and to support our rare retinal disease community. We hope that you will join us in supporting Sofia Sees Hope and enjoy this different approach to an online auction!

Support with a purchase!

COMING SOON! When you purchase a “Buy Now” item or donate to Hope in Focus, you are supporting scientists across the globe who are working to find treatments that will restore vision to those diagnosed with inherited retinal disease. You are providing access to patients and families who need critical genetic testing. You are helping us connect the patient community with advocacy and education.

Thank you Sponsors!

Bidding in the Dark Event Team

Alessandra Manfre
Annette Tonti
Ashley Luppold

Billie Jo Abbiati
Cristina Manfre
Elizabeth Borysewicz

Michael O’Farrell
Stephanie Brown
Thomas Robarge

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