We want to thank you so much for your interest in, and support of, the Center for Sight & Hearing’s Dining in the Dark. We had rescheduled the event date from March 19 to April 30 in hopes that we could move forward. The event is our primary fundraiser, with proceeds making it possible to provide vision and hearing services to over 10,500 people each year—many of whom have no other source for these essential services.

Unfortunately, it is clear that risks related to COVID-19 persist and Illinois’ Stay-at-Home order has been extended.  As a result, we have made the decision that it is in the best interest of our sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and staff to cancel this year’s Dining in the Dark.

If you would still like to support the families and children we serve, we’d greatly appreciate your contribution. Simply click https://www.cshni.org/give/ today.

If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at (815) 332-6834, or send an email to [email protected] Thank you!

Thank you to the sponsors, individual donors, and guests who have chosen to support us without Dining in the Dark being held this year! (Sponsors shown here.)

The Experience

Dining in the Dark – Rockford’s Upscale Blind Date is a unique experience that provides a blindfolded journey through a delicious four-course meal. Guests become aware of the scope of CSH vision and hearing services; how we have a dramatic impact upon the lives of the people we serve; and leaves a lasting impact on all who attend.


Share a unique evening with friends and family, as you enjoy fine food and drinks while blindfolded! You can also take your chance in selecting high-end wine from the Blind Wine Pull.


We regret that the 8th Annual Dining in the Dark has been cancelled due to the risks associated with COVID-19 and the extension of Illinois’ Stay-at-Home order until May 30. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated!