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Boardman Lions to feature dinner in the dark

September 12, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

When an organization dedicated to helping the visually impaired decides to hold a fundraiser, someone gets left out in the dark, or left in for a special event. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 13, the Boardman Lions Club is featuring Dinner in the Dark, and event that is a fundraiser that brings awareness to what life is like for a blind person.

The event will take place at Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., and will feature pasta, salad, bread, and desserts. Eating blindfolded is optional and a challenge according to Boardman Lion Matt Gambrel.

"I'd say about 20 percent are willing to take the bindfold challenge," he said. "The issues I remember aren't so much with making a mess, but everyone takes a really long time to eat because they are being really careful not to."

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During the first Dinner in the Dark event, Boardman Lions President Matt Gambrel (left) and former president Lion Mary Beth Shobel try their skills at eating a meal blindfolded. Dinner in the Dark is the Boardman Lions fundraiser that not only brings in money, but also awareness of what it is like to be blind.

He said the event gives a new perspective on the challenges that face the blind in the performance of every day activities. A blind individual relies a lot on smell and touch when it comes to eating.

"I'd say everyone who goes through the experience finds it to be extremely challenging to get through the meal," Gambrel said.

The menu include pasta from Carmella's, salad and bread. Desserts will be provided by the Lions Club with all proceeds being used for the community.

Dinner is available for take-out as well as eat in. Tickets are $10 and are available for pre-sale and at the door. For pre-sale tickets please contact Lion Mark Carver 330-398-9938.



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