Dining in the Dark returns to Fredericton

1/21/2016

(January 20, 2016 – FREDERICTON, N.B.) - Dining in the Dark, a unique fundraiser where guests rely on all of their senses – except sight – to enjoy a meal, is returning to Fredericton for the fourth time. 

“What makes Dining in the Dark so special is that not only do you get to have an amazing meal, you also get a chance to appreciate some of the things in life that all too often are taken for granted, “says David Shipley, Chair for Dining the Dark Fredericton 2016. 

Dining in the Dark raises funds and awareness for CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Fredericton. It will take place on Thursday, March 31 at the Kingswood Lodge. The dinner will feature a three-course meal, a silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets for the event are $60 each. They can be purchased at the CNIB office in downtown Fredericton, the Spectrum Vision and RBC Branches on Brookside Drive, Queen Street, Prospect Street, and Oromocto. Companies, organizations or groups can purchase tables of 10 for $540.

“Everyone likely knows of someone - perhaps in their own family - who is living with partial or full vision loss,” says former MLA Jack Carr, Honourary Chair for Dining in the Dark Fredericton 2016. “This event provides a wonderful opportunity to support an organization that helps so many New Brunswickers.” 

“It feels great to continue this tradition in Fredericton and to make it a signature event for the capital in the spring,” says Shipley. An MBA alumnus from the University of New Brunswick, Shipley was part of the UNB class that organized the first Dining in the Dark Fredericton in 2012.

“Every year more New Brunswickers, many of whom have just been diagnosed with vision loss, turn to CNIB for crucial support,” says Denise Coward, CNIB New Brunswick’s Provincial Director. “CNIB has always been there – providing hands-on services, free of charge, that empower clients to overcome challenges.”

Dining in the Dark Fredericton 2016 is being made possible thanks to the generous support of new Dining in the Dark Fredericton Gold sponsor, Manulife Financial, as well as returning sponsors RBC and Tim Hortons.

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Media Contact:

David Shipley
Chair
Dining in the Dark Fredericton
davidshipley@me.com
1.506.478.1619

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