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On Feb. 11 give the gift of sight and express your karaoke self

Indulge your craving for the good things in life at SWEETS FOR SIGHT, an event featuring champagne, truffles and love song karaoke on Feb. 11. Sponsored by The Chicago Lighthouse Young Philanthropists Board, The Redhead Piano Bar, The Enye Group, Sweet Miss Giving's and The Noble Grape, SWEETS FOR SIGHT supports "Seeing is Believing," a Lighthouse program that provides no-cost low vision exams and corrective devices to all of the students in Chicago-area schools who require them.

Buy a ticket online for $45 (www.chicagolighthouse.org/store/event-tickets; a pre-event pack of ten tickets goes for $350 at the same online address). No one under 21 years of age will be admitted to the event, and business casual attire is required.

What this means to the disabled

Since 1906 the Lighthouse has been at the leading edge of providing programs for people who are blind or otherwise visually challenged. Its services now include the nation’s oldest and most prominent Low Vision Clinic, a great school for children considered to have multiple disabilities, a program specifically designed to assist veterans across the US, and even a legal clinic to help people who are blind battle discrimination.

The Lighthouse has stayed current with the needs of people with visual challenges, unlike so many programs that rely on outmoded ideas about what the blind can do. For example,  the folks at The Lighthouse maintain a high-quality clock manufacturing plant, one of the last in the US capable of such fine work, and employs workers with visual challenges to run it. In addition, The Lighthouse has given many the ability to qualify for work with computers and other high-tech devices, giving them a fighting chance in even the most abysmal job market.

So buy a ticket, go have fun and a little bubbly, and learn what it means to have both long roots and big wings.
 

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