Over 100 participants came out to show support for the Oakley Giraud Foundation Saturday night at the Dinner in the Dark event at the Tuscan. By the end of the night, the foundation had earned funds to be used for Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) research.
LCA is a rare retinal degenerative disease that affects approximately 3,000 people in the US. Because the disease is so rare, little to no funding is available for research that may lead to possible treatment. That is where the Oakley Giraud Foundation steps in.
Giraud was diagnosed with LCA when she was four months old. Since that time, her parents Jeremy and Alysa have organized several events to earn money for research for their daughter’s disease. Dinner in the Dark was their latest endeavor.
In order for participants to experience what it is like to be blind, they were given a blind fold to wear during dinner. Lights were also turned off during the event to add to the dark setting. Having their vision restricted, participants used their other senses to enjoy their meal.
Following the unique dinner experience, participants had the opportunity to play bingo.
To find out more information about the LCA and to stay updated on upcoming fundraising events, visit Oakley’s Odyssey on Facebook.