Lions Highlight

By Beth Slade

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2015 »   
A young man and woman sit next to each other at a table wearing blindfolds with salads in front of them

Two diners orient themselves at Dinner in the Dark
Photo courtesy of Rod Aydelotte, Waco Tribune-Herald

The members of the Waco Women’s Lions Club in Waco, Texas took a dinner with a cause to new heights. Their first Dinner in the Dark far exceeded their expectations in more than one way. Many clubs have introduced this fundraising event to raise money and awareness. There are different variations but the essence is diners are blindfolded and rely on communication throughout the meal. Often each table has a “sighted guide” who can explain the setup on the table. The dinner plate is explained as a clock face; for example, chicken is at 6 o’clock, green beans at 1 o’clock. Likewise, phrases such as, “The salad dressing is over there,” aren’t helpful when you can’t see where “over there” is.

Leader Dog client Tammy Freeman was the guest speaker. Tammy lost her sight in an accident 10 years ago and has explained it was one of the best things that has ever happened to her. It brought her life into perspective. Her husband also attended which made Tammy laugh, saying, “I offered to cut his steak! I do this all the time—he doesn’t!”

“Who knows which diner will hear something that night and can tell someone who needs a [guide] dog?” said Kim Giles, president of the Waco Women’s Lions Club. “You never know what will happen when you drop a pebble in a pond.”