Local nonprofit organization MOMS for Sight will host its fifth annual Black Ties and Blindfolds event April 5 at the Wilson Center for the Arts benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the upcoming Jacksonville VisionWalk.
“Our mission is to make sure that our children and all other people with retinal degenerative diseases do not have to live with the fear of living in darkness,” said MOMS for Sight founder Lisa Pleasants, of Jacksonville.
Pleasants hopes to raise $10,000 at this year's Black Ties and Blindfolds through ticket sales and a silent auction. The proceeds will be donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness to help fund research for blinding retinal degenerative diseases, such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, that affect over 10 million Americans.
"No mom should ever have to watch their kids have these diseases," said Pleasants.
More than 100 guests are expected at Black Ties and Blindfolds, a gala-type event that includes hors d’oeuvres, spirits and entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items such as sports team memorabilia, professional photography sessions, theme park tickets, and more. Guests will participate in a brief interactive presentation on life with low vision and will also hear speaker Alison Miller, special assistant to Mayor Alvin Brown.
Additionally, MOMS for Sight will present Jacksonville low vision teacher Elaine Pozin with its Visionary Award for her lifetime dedication to serving visually impaired students in Duval County.
Here's what you need to know:
WHEN: Saturday, April 5th, 2014 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: FSCJ Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32246
TICKETS: Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased online or at the door. RSVP deadline is Wed., March 26.
For more information on Black Ties and Blindfolds or MOMS for sight please contact Lisa Pleasants at LisaPleasants@momsforsight.org
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