Center for Sight & Hearing hosts 7th annual Dining in the Dark Dinner

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- It's known as Rockford’s upscale blind date and more than 150 people took part in it. It's all to help raise funds for the Center for Sight and Hearing.

The 7th annual Dining in the Dark dinner challenged guests to eat dinner blindfolded to get a better idea of what it's like for those who are vision impaired. Organizers say there are thousands of people in our area who need low vision and hearing services and events like this help the center provide those services while also raising awareness.

“We take a lot of things for granted every day, it might be our sight, it might be our hands, it might be our smell. When we don't have those things, then we start realizing how blessed we are to have them and how hard it is for someone else or maybe not so how hard it is but how well they've overcome their disability to do what they do,” said Dr. Jon Russell the Optometrist with the Center for Sight and Hearing.