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‘Dining in the Dark’ on Feb. 28 may open your eyes

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The Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO) will bring a new dining experience to the Ozarks on Saturday, Feb. 28, to raise awareness of the visually impaired through a unique sensory awareness experience that gives an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of those with vision impairment.

Dining in the Dark will be at University Plaza Hotel, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.; masked dinner at 7 p.m,; and an afterglow program at 8 p.m., including a live auction.

Presenting sponsors are Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists.

As a credentialed provider with Cox Health Systems, Mercy Health Systems, Medicare, Medicaid, and Missouri First Steps, VRCO is dedicated to providing care and assistance, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. For those without insurance, the clinic provides services on a sliding fee scale, based on household income and number of family members.

For more information  about Dinner in the Dark, or for special dietary needs and/or food allergies, please contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or email stacy.forbis@vrco.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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