Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark is FOCB’s single largest community awareness and fundraising event that allows 200+ guests to experience what it is like to be blind for one meal. The SWAT team from Palm Beach County’s Sheriff Office volunteers to escort guests into the darkened ballroom where they enjoy a three-course meal in total darkness. All proceeds support programs and services to assist blind and visually impaired people living in our community.

Held in honor of Dr. Thomas Hartig who brought newspapers, via the telephone, to blind people across the country. He was an inspiration to us all.

Master of Ceremonies Virginia Sinicki
Dinner served by Palm Beach County SWAT Team
Entertainment by Jason Colannino

For safety, no children 12 and under permitted.

Master of Ceremonies

Virginia Sinicki
We are pleased to have Virginia Sinicki, the "V" in the KVJ show on WRMF 97.9FM as our Master of Ceremony for our 2022 Annual Dining in the Dark

Virginia hails from Louisiana and, since 1999, has been the “V” in the KVJ show on 97.9 WRMF. Beside bringing smiles on her radio show, she brings smiles to kids in tough situations as a volunteer and board member of the non-profit, Little Smiles. It is her love for people and her sparkling personality that bring her to Dining in the Dark.

Keynote Speaker

Nicole D. Fincham-Shehan
ADA Consultant/Health Educator

Nicole, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is currently the Assistant General Manager for First Transit, Inc., Hartford, CT., a company that supplies expertise for public and private transportation systems.

She worked in transportation in Maryland for over 20 years. Prior to joining First Transit, Nicole worked at Palm Tran as the Disability Accessibility Specialist where she created and implemented ADA sensitivity training using simulators that show the operators various eye conditions to include total blindness. She also serves as a member of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).