[tabi] Award nomination & Save the date! Dining in the Dark is October 2nd, 5-8:30pm, UCC

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  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:54:36 -0400

Please nominate someone for the Paula Bailey "INSPIRATIONAL COMMUNITY
MEMBER AWARD" (application below) and Save the Date!

Dining in the Dark is 10/2/11 (only 2 ½ months away!) This benefit is a
unique experience of smell, taste, sound & texture - in total darkness.

What is it?
The 7th Annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark benefit to assist children &
adults who are blind/visually impaired will take place on Sunday, October 2,
2011, 5:30-8:30pm, at the University Center Club. At this unique event you
will experience food, drink and conversation as you may never have before –
without your sight. In pitch black darkness your other senses are stimulated
to savor the smell, taste and texture of your dining experience.
Conversation becomes more intimate. And ultimately, this will expand your
understanding of what individuals who are blind experience throughout their

What’s new?
We are thrilled to announce that Tallahassee Community College President Dr.
Murdaugh will be our Honorary Host this year!  At the reception before
dinner the popular basket raffle is back. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office
SWAT Team will once again wait on you with their night vision goggles. We
have an exciting new menu and tactile ‘tic tac toe’ to play in the dark
between courses. After dinner the Paula Bailey “Inspirational Community
Member Award” will be presented to an amazing member of our community (see
below for the nomination form due August 19th.)

Tickets on sale now!
Tickets to the event or a scholarship for someone who can’t afford to go are
$55 each. Buy a reserved table of eight for $600, or a table of ten for
$700. Just send a check payable to the Lighthouse to 3071 Highland Oaks
Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32301 or… get them online!

Get your tickets ON-LINE
Visit our website at www.lighthousebigbend.org
<http://www.lighthousebigbend.org/>  and click on the link to “
&source=GS&cmpgn=DNT> Network for Good” to donate by major credit card or
PayPal. Make sure under “designation” you type Dining in the Dark and we
will mail you your tickets. If you need any other assistance, please feel
free to call 942-3658, or email info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx   Thank you for
your generosity!

2011 Paula Bailey “Inspirational Community Member”

Award Nomination Form

The Lighthouse of the Big Bend invites you to nominate someone you find
inspirational for this award! The award is presented by the Lighthouse at
the Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark event (10/2/11) to an inspirational
member of the community. Inspirational is defined as: the ability to invoke
positive emotion and action in others. Nomination forms must be received in
the Lighthouse office by August 19, 2011.


To qualify for the award, each individual must be:

1.      Visually impaired or blind (from birth or later in life)
2.      A resident of one of the 11 counties the Lighthouse of the Big Bend
serves: Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty,
Madison, Suwannee, Taylor or Wakulla
3.      An individual who has not won the award in the past 10 years

About you (the nominator):

Nominator’s Name:

Nominator’s Street Address:

Nominator’s City, State & Zipcode:

Nominator’s Phone:

Nominator’s Email:

About the person you would like honored (hereafter called the “honoree”):

Honoree’s Name:

Honoree’s Street Address:

Honoree’s City, State & Zipcode:

Honoree’s Phone:

Honoree’s Email:

Please provide a description of the following in a typed format:

1.      When and how the honoree became visually impaired or blind;
2.      How the honoree has coped with her or his vision loss to maintain or
regain his or her independence; &
3.      How the honoree has been an inspiration to her or his community and
invoked positive emotion and action in others.

Supplemental materials are not required but may include a current resume and
information from the past two calendar years such as published articles or
letters of recommendation.


Please submit your nomination form by August 19, 2011 to Barbara Ross,
Lighthouse Executive Director,

in one of the following formats (email is the preferred format):

Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,  Fax: 850-942-4518, or

Mail: Lighthouse of the Big Bend, 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, Tallahassee,
FL, 32301.

Award criteria and procedure

A three-member Lighthouse of the Big Bend Board selection committee will
rank each honoree on a scale of 1-10 as to how inspirational they have been
to the community in terms of coping with their vision loss (10 points),
regaining or maintaining their independence (10 points), and invoking
positive emotion and actions in others (10 points). Each selection committee
member score will be added together and the honoree with the highest score
will win the award. None of the three member selection committee may be
nominated for the award.

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Questions? Call the Lighthouse at (850) 942-3658. Thanks for your support!

Lighthouse of the Big Bend
“Guiding People Through Vision Loss”
3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 942-3658
Toll-free: 1 (888) 827-6033
Web: http://www.lighthousebigbend.org
Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Lighthouse of the Big Bend
Guiding People Through Vision Loss
3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 942-3658

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