7th Annual Twin Cities Visionary Awards Dinner, Dining in the Dark

Friday, April 27, 2018
Reception 5:30 PM | Dinner & Awards 7:00 PM

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S. Marquette Avenue | Minneapolis, MN  55403 

Dr. Irving Shapiro
Founder, Phillips Eye Institute

Dinner Co-Chairs
Abdhish R. Bhavsar, MD
President, the Retina Center of Minnesota
Jodi Bianchi

Frank Vascellaro
WCCO-TV News Co-Anchor

Link to Twin Cities Dining in the Dark Registration Page

Imagine not being able to see while eating. To the average person that might sound scary, right? People with inherited retinal diseases cope with this every day. We invite you to share in a unique dining adventure, the 7th Annual Twin Cities Visionary Awards Dinner, Dining in the Darkwhere guests eat a gourmet meal wearing light-blocking masks. It’s an amazing experience, giving attendees a little insight as to what it’s like to do a simple daily task, like eating, without vision.

The Hilton Minneapolis is the beautiful setting for the masked dinner on Friday, April 27, 2018. Join us as we present the Visionary Award to ophthalmologist Dr. Irving Shapiro, founder of Phillips Eye Institute. The Institute is now part of the Allina Hospitals and Clinics and is the only specialty hospital in that system.

A visionary in his field, his passion and dedication exemplify the same commitment and determination the Foundation has in driving the research for therapies, treatments, and cures of retinal degenerative diseases. Dr. Shapiro’s humanitarian efforts go far beyond the Institute and its neighborhood. In 2007, he helped develop a new screening program called Early Youth Eyecare (EYE). Along with his wife, Janet, Dr. Shapiro created the Irving and Janet Shapiro Technology Fund to support cutting-edge technology.

Great silent and live auction items to bid on, sweepstakes and cork pull.

Frank Vascellaro, WCCO-TV News Co-Anchor, is the dinner emcee and auctioneer.

For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Lori Quinn at (847) 680-0100or LQuinn@FightBlindness.org.

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
Minneapolis, MN