Cincinnati Association for the
Blind & Visually Impaired

CABVI Brought Dining in the Dark to Cincinnati

Sold-out fundraising event considered huge success; guests dined while blindfolded to learn about vision loss

Cincinnati, OH – November 21, 2017 – Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) held their first Dining in the Dark event on Saturday, November 18 at the Manor House in Mason, Ohio. Approximately 300 guests enjoyed dinner’s main course while wearing a blindfold to help them experience some of the challenges people with severe vision loss live with each day.

“We’re very proud to host this unique event for the Greater Cincinnati Community. All event proceeds support our mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to be independent”, said John Mitchell, CABVI’s CEO.

This year’s Dining in the Dark’s theme was “An Evening in Paris” and featured fine French cuisine. Guests participated in a silent auction, jewelry raffle and split the pot. Local 12 Anchor Bob Herzog served as the emcee.

The event honored the 2017 Barney H. Kroger Humanitarian Award winner Robert “Bob” Watkins. Watkins has served on CABVI’s board of trustees for more than 35 years. He was recognized for his commitment, leadership and generosity.

Next year’s Dining in the Dark event will be held on Nov. 10, 2018 at the Madison in Covington, KY. For more information about table hosting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aaron Bley, Director of Development and Community Relations at 513-487-4218.


Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI serves more than 5,100 people each year. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at

Local 12 Anchor, Bob Herzog served as emcee.
Guests experienced dining with blind folds to help them understand some of the challenges of vision loss.
Mary Rust, Chair of CABVI’s Board of Trustees; Bob Watkins, 2017 Barney H. Kroger Humanitarian Award Honoree; and John H. Mitchell, CABVI’s CEO.

Contact: Pat Niehoff
On behalf of CABVI

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