Blind Dinner Date - March 6, 2014 from 6-9PM at the Goei Center

The Grand Rapids Lions Club is hosting the 9th Annual Blind Dinner Date, “Life Without Limits,” to honor local programs and people serving those who live with vision loss and to raise funds to benefit the following organizations:  

  • Grand Rapids Lions Vision Clinic at Cherry Street Health Services
  • Early vision program for children at Ken-O-Sha
  • Youth programs at the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Grand Rapids Lions Community Foundation

Sponsorships - Tickets - More Information

To purchase your tickets by credit card please click here.  For sponsorship, ticket, or other information about the Blind Dinner Date, click here or please email us at or call either of our co-chairsBill Reese at 616-361-6000 x 3016 or Shawn Eyestone at 616-777-5292.

Check out our Facebook page to learn more and to share the event with your friends, too.

Dr. Mark Sheldon and Dr. Pat Droste

“Dr. Mark Sheldon Lifetime Achievement Award” 

The award is given to an individual who has made vision improvement and vision loss elimination their passionate life’s work both inside and outside their profession.  Their dedication and unselfish contributions have made very positive impact in reducing avoidable blindness especially with those from economically challenged parts of our community.   

"Visionary of the Year Award"

Awarded to an individual within the medical profession who has made distinguished contributions during the past 1-3 years in their career and by significant volunteer activity that has led to major progress in the early detection and correction of vision problems in the greater Grand Rapids Community.

"Vision in Action Award"

Awarded to a non-medical individual in the Greater Grand Rapids area who has made significant contributions in their career or through volunteer efforts to reduce avoidable blindness and/or provide quality of life support to those with vision loss.

Prior Award Recipients

2013 - Dr. Thomas Aaberg, Nancy Ozinga

2012 - Dr. Gary Anderson, Rick Walker, Casey Dutmer

2011 - Dr. Richard Benninger, Dr. Mark Davis, Chris Buczek RN

2010 - Dr. Jeffrey Holzman, Dr. Lillian Kalaczinski, Anne Baird

2009 - Dr. Dennis Cobler, Ken and Ruth VanProoyen, Sue Fink

2008 - Dr. Pat Droste, Dr. Mark Swan, George Kremer

2007 - Dr. Mark Sheldon, Dr. Gary Anderson, Ann Hemming

Hightlights from 2012's 7th Annual Blind Dinner Date 

Noto's Old World Italian Restaurant

Thank You

The Grand Rapids Lions thank our many sponsors, honorary chairs, speakers, and presenters  who all come together to make this event possible.

We also whole-heartedly thank everyone who is attending, and we invite you bring a couple friends. Your support helps us fulfill our mission to serve those with blindness and visual impairments in our community.  

Thank you!

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