Master of Business Administration students at the University
of New Brunswick in Fredericton have organized a unique dinner event that aims
to raise funds and awareness for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Dining in the Dark Fredericton, will take place on Sunday, April 1st
at Kingswood Lodge and will feature a dinner where guests will eat wearing a
blindfold. Each table will have CNIB clients or representatives who will act as
a guide so guests feel comfortable and can enjoy their meal.
The evening will also include entertainment by musician Jim Noseworthy
and MBA students John Morrison, Brittany McQuinn and Ysabelle Vatour
Before the dinner, there will be a silent auction featuring
items such as an iPod, a GPS unit, accommodations, car rentals, and gift
certificates to a Fredericton restaurant.
“This has been both a challenging and rewarding project for
our class,” says Essam Al-Habsi, MBA student and chairperson of the event. “We had a chance to meet with the CNIB in
February and we’ve learned a great deal about how they help thousands of New
Brunswickers. We hope to help them do that.”
The CNIB serves more than 2,000 clients in New Brunswick
each year. Amanda Bent, the manager of
fund development for CNIB New Brunswick, says there are more than 22,000 New
Brunswickers who are living with some form of vision loss.
That number is expected to double over the next five to 10
“We know there are many more people who could benefit from
our programs and services,” says Bent. “We are here to provide assistance to
anyone who has vision loss that is affecting their daily life.”
Bent noted that CNIB can provide support ranging from advice on the right
magnifier for reading to technology for enlarging print on a computer to
learning to adapt to doing different household tasks or travelling
independently with a white cane.
“Dining in the Dark Fredericton is a wonderful way to raise
awareness about CNIB and its services,” says Bent.
“I’m proud of all the work this year’s class has put into
this event,” says Liz Lemon-Mitchell, instructor for the MBA Professional
Development course. “Our class is also
grateful for the support of the business community, who have generously sponsored
our event and donated items for the silent auction”
A number of local and regional businesses have signed-on to
sponsor Dining in the Dark Fredericton, including: Accreon, ADI Group, Atlantic Business
Magazine, ARC Financial Group, BIDS, the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook, Fortis
Properties, FredFM, MRDC Corporation, PQA, Summit Dodge, Tim Horton’s, the UNB
Office of the President, UNB Associated Alumni, UNB Faculty of Business
Administration, UNB Vice-President Advancement Office, and the Pond-Deshpande
Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNB.
Tickets for Dining in the Dark are $65 and are available at
Read’s Newsstand and Café at 435 King Street, the CNIB Office at 77 Westmorland
Street, and the UNB Bookstore at 29 Dineen Drive.
Manager, Fund Development
CNIB – New Brunswick
(506) 857-4240 x 5611