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UMSL Optometry Students Participate in Dining in the Dark Event



 Dining in the Dark


On February 11, 2015 several students along with Adjunct Clinical Professor, Dr. Jennifer Bulmann attended and participated in the 6th Annual St. Louis Dining in the Dark Visionary Awards Dinner at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark hotel.  The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit organization focused on sight-saving research presented their Visionary Award to both Dennis Reagan, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Muny, and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. 
 
Adjunct Clinical Professor Dr. Jennifer Bulmann with St. Louis Cardinal's Pitcher Trevor Rosenthal
The dinner is a distinctive sensory awareness experience in which guests participate in an unforgettable dining adventure to obtain a first-hand insight into the challenges of the blind community. The dinner also benefits the Foundation’s research into preventions, treatments, and cures for blinding retinal degenerative diseases like macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa that affect more than 10 million Americans, young and old.

 
UMSL Optometry Students with St. Louis Cardinals Player Trevor Rosenthal

UMSL Optometry students helped check in and welcome guests for the dinner.  In addition, they helped with the live auction. “The evening ran smoothly because of their help and allowed those in leadership positions to enjoy the night,” said Dr.  Bulmann. 
 
John Mozeliak, Denny Reagen, Trevor Resenthal, Bill Schmidt, and Jason Morris

 The Dining in the Dark event was hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the master of ceremony was Chris Kerber.  John Mozeliak with the St. Louis Cardinals presented Denny Reagan and Trevor Rosenthal with the Visionary Award.    

Denny Reagan & John Mozeliak






Table Setting for Dine for Sight
In addition, to the dinner, a live auction was held to raise money for the foundation.  The dinner, which was held in darkness to simulate what it would be like if one was blind.


Photos provided by Jen Bulmann

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