2017-09-26 / Front Page

Dining in the Dark

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Hello, my name is Eddie Mannan and I am a Boy Scout with Troop #93 in Cloverdale, Indiana. I am currently a Life Scout who is working towards obtaining my Eagle Scout rank. As part of the requirements to obtain this honor, I am required to do a small project that in some way is found beneficial to the community.

Though not being blind myself, blindness has had a rather large impact on my life. So, as my Eagle Scout Project, I intend on having a Blind Dinner to raise awareness for the needs of blind people in our community. Basically, a Blind Dinner is a fundraising event where people pay to have a nice meal together; but the only catch is that they must eat the whole thing blindfolded, just as if they were blind themselves.

The goal is that during the dinner, people will gain a newfound appreciation for how tough it is for a blind person to even do a simple task such as eating. For somebody with sight, such as you and me, eating is second nature. We don’t think about it, we just sit down and eat, however, there is a new level of difficulty added when one of your primary senses is taken away.

Not only is the dinner going to raise awareness for the blind, but all the money that we raise will be put towards buying a smart board for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. A smart board is kind of like a giant iPad, it hangs up on the wall like a chalk board and the kids can touch it, write on it, some can see it better, and it can speak to them.

“This piece of equipment has truly made a difference for our low vision students. It allows them to participate more fully in their education,” said Jim Durst, the superintendent for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Thank you for your time, and hopefully your donation.

The dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Cloverdale Middle School. The tickets are $20 each. The meal will include salad, chicken and broccoli Alfredo, rolls and dessert. The meal is not gluten free or recommended for people with food allergies and the dinner is not recommended for children younger than high school age.

For more information or tickets contact Becky Mannan by phone/text at 765-721-4234 or 765-721-7495 or email dougnbecky@ccrtc.com.

Donations should be made payable to Boy Scout Troop 93 and mailed to Becky Mannan, 4304 East County Rd. 1000 South, Cloverdale, IN 43120.

Sincerely,
Eddie Mannan
Cloverdale, Ind.

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