‘Dinner in the Dark’ makes people appreciate their sight

All of the proceeds from the dinner will go to the Pilot Dog Program and the Melvin Jones Eyecare Foundation

The Boardman Lions Club held a "Dinner in the Dark" to raise money for people who are blind.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Boardman Lions Club hosted “Dinner in the Dark,” where diners had to eat their meals blindfolded, at the United Methodist Church Tuesday night.

The event raises money to benefit people who are blind.

Simply eating was a lot more difficult than anyone at the dinner thought it would be.

“I’m not a big cucumber or tomato person so when you dip your fork into the salad, you’re not knowing what you’re eating. That’s the biggest challenge,” Lauren Stone said.

Most of the time, Karesia Sisco had trouble getting anything on her fork.

“The cake was so light, it just fell apart. You had no idea what you had on your fork,” she said.

Chuck Sisco found that he needed a plan of attack to eat the meal, realizing that it’s easy to take vision for granted.

“To me, it was just finding everything, just very methodical of where you put [the fork] down,” he said. “You almost had to plan your meal out…I can’t imagine having to do this three meals a day.”

Boardman Lions President Matt Gambrel says the night was a real eye-opener for everyone, no pun intended.

“Everyone always seems to really like the food and enjoy it,” he said. “They didn’t know it would be so difficult, they never really thought about it. They thought about other things like walking around your house, doing chores, showering.”

This is the second year of Dinner in the Dark, and there are already plans to have another next year. Gambrel says one menu item might be off-limits:

“We might do spaghetti one year, I don’t know. That might be too difficult!”

All of the proceeds from the dinner will go to the Pilot Dog Program to help train seeing eye dogs for people who need them, and the Melvin Jones Eyecare Foundation.

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