Baltimore, MD

President's Message
Mindy Kaplan


Thank you for your interest in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ (FFB) Baltimore chapter. Our chapter is one of over 40 Foundation chapters nationwide. Through the chapter we offer not only the education and support to help you as an affected person or the loved one of someone affected by inherited retinal disease, we also share the tools you’ll need to promote the FFB mission to your family, friends, businesses and the surrounding community.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds that drive the research to find cures, treatments, and preventions for the spectrum of inherited retinal diseases that lead to blindness. Until that exciting and celebratory day when we find a cure for these sight stealing conditions there is much we can do to support those affected by vision loss and to advance the science.

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Chapter Presentations & Events

5/10 – Wine & Dine for Sight
Join members of the Baltimore Chapter for a memorable night of great food and great company at Linwoods Restaurant in Owings Mills. Wine & Dine for Sight is an exclusive cocktail party and a one-of-a-kind new fundraiser to benefit your Baltimore Chapter’s efforts to save sight! Guests will be treated to a stirring keynote speech from one of the greatest visionaries of retinal research in the state of Maryland, Dr. Robert W. Massof, Founder and Director of the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center at Wilmer Eye Institute.

  • Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Location: Linwoods Restaurant (25 Crossroads Drive, Owings Mills, MD)
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $95 per person (price will increase to $100 pp following initial RSVP deadline of April 25)

Dress code is cocktail reception. Contact Baltimore Chapter Leader Kathy Smith at for tickets and more information. Don’t miss out on this special event!

VisionWalk Update

11th Annual Baltimore VisionWalk

Summer will be here before we know it, and so will our 11th Annual Baltimore VisionWalk! Our fundraising goal for 2018 is $124,000 – together, we will have no trouble exceeding it and inching ever closer to the cure that is in sight! How will we follow-up our milestone achievement of $1 million in ten years?

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Location: Latrobe Park & Fort McHenry National Monument
Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 10:00 a.m.

Visit our official website to get started, and contact your Baltimore VisionWalk Team with any questions or requests. Check out the full photo album from our 2017 celebration on our Facebook page by clicking HERE. If you would like a specific picture emailed to you, please contact

Local Updates

For all of our theatre enthusiasts, Baltimore Center Stage has provided the following updates:

Here is a list of scheduled pre-show Touch Tours followed by an Audio Description:

Sun Dec 17 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Lookingglass Alice
Sun Feb 18 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Skeleton Crew
Sun Mar 18 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Animal Farm
Sun May 27 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm – TBA [musical]
**NOTE: Audio description can be provided for ANY performance (Mainstage, or not), if given three days’ notice.

Touch Tours allow patrons to feel the costumes, props, and/or sets used in the show. Conversation with the production, artistic, and/or dramaturgy team is also included.
Touch Tours begin an hour and a half prior to the show and end a half hour before the show (i.e. 12:30-1:30pm and 6:00-7:00pm).

Audio Description and assistive listening headsets are available from the Box Office at no charge with a photo ID.
Large print and braille programs are available from the Box Office at no charge.

If you have any further questions or concerns, call the Box Office at 410-332-0033, or email

Video Links

Watch: Dealing with the Diagnosis - Mom's Perspective
Watch: My RP Retinitis Pigmentosa v2

Tech Talk

Amazon Smile

Get online and type in AMAZONSMILE.COM to shop and raise funds for FFB! Amazon has a program that enables you to shop and donate 0.5% percent of your purchase to your favorite organization. All you need to do is go to and set up your account with the organization you would like to support. Then you can donate your shopping to the FFB, on the screen where it says other organizations, type in Foundation Fighting Blindness and hit the SEARCH button. Then a list of organizations will pop up, make sure it is the one that on the right hand side of the screen reads, Columbia, Maryland, founded 1971. Then go to the right hit the button, and you are now registered to shop and donate to FFB! 

Contact Us

Get involved and make a difference to a loved one or friend.  Become a member of the Baltimore Chapter. Help us to educate, raise awareness and aid in raising funds for research. Get involved! Contact Baltimore Chapter.

Mindy Caplan
Chapter President

Kelsey Miller
Event Manager
(410) 423-0645

Mary Ann Subleski
Director, Chapter Development
(847) 680-0100

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