The Rockville Centre Lions Club held its second annual Dinner in the Dark fundraiser at the Rockville Links Club on May 4.
The evening is a fundraiser designed to raise awareness for those living with visual impairments while also raising money for the Lions Club. The evening also honored three prominent Rockville Centre men: Ted Fass, Robert D. Klein and Donald J. Steinert.
The evening featured a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. But it differentiated itself from other fundraisers in a key way: guests were given blindfolds to wear while eating dinner so they could learn how challenging it could be for someone with a visual impairment.
Last year, the dinner raised $12,000. This year, the Lions Club collected between $16,000 and $18,000, all of which will go back to the Rockville Centre community through the various programs the Lions Club supports. And a portion of the funds will go directly to the Rockville Centre Little League Challenger Division and the Long Island Bombers Blind Baseball Team.