Dining in the Dark with Helen Keller 2019

Our  annual fundraiser, Dining in the Dark, was held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel on Fox Farm Road. All funds raised go to our Vision Committee Grant, which helps low income youth and adults obtain eye exams and glasses.

This year we had a special program, Dining in the Dark with Helen Keller, with actors from the True Troupe appearing in a one-act play – portraying Keller, Annie Sullivan, Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain in specific points of Keller’s life. The play was specially written for this event.

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The cast of Dining in the Dark with Helen Keller. Cast photos by Emilygrace Piel

It was Helen Keller who, in 1925, gave a speech to the Lions Club exhorting them to be “Knights of the Blind in her crusade against darkness.” The Lions – with clubs around the world – took up her call and continue to focus on vision-related service to this day.

During social hour, Cheyenne Brass kept the joint jumping

Dining in the Dark with Helen Keller was held in the Yellowstone Room of the Red Lion Hotel. The event began at 6 pm with a social hour, complete with cash bar.

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Accompanied by music from Cheyenne Brass, guests spent time browsing through our Pick a Prize raffle items. Several local Cheyenne businesses contributed generously to our fund raiser, either with a gift basket or with gift certificates that were combined into themed baskets. We also had items donated from Chugwater and Laramie, as well as Johnstown, CO and Denver,CO.

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Inside the Yellowstone Room at the Red Lion Hotel

Views of all items offered for our pick-a-prize raffles

Dinner was served at 7 pm. Guests had a choice of chicken and steak with seasoned potatoes and a vegetable medley, or a vegetarian pasta dish, topped off with cheesecake for dessert.

Guests – members of the three Lions Clubs in Cheyenne as well as other members of the community, enjoy dinner, as do Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain

A few door prizes were handed out by our MC, and then began the performance of:

Dining in the Dark with Helen Keller

Helen Keller (Traci Erickson), escorted to podium by Annie Sullivan (Angie Ingram)

Helen shares highlights from her life while Alexander Graham Bell (Bill Blansfield), Mark Twain (Jack Walts) and Annie Sullivan (Angie Ingram) listen attentively. So does the audience!

Alexander Graham Bell (Bill Blansfield) first met Keller when she was only six years old

Mark Twain (Jack Walts) first met 14-year-old  Keller at a party and was impressed by her wit and sense of humor

Our actors received a standing ovation at the end of their performance

Our actors exited the room in character. While our MC began drawing tickets for all of the bucket raffles, the 50-50 drawings and so on, a theatrical tradition took place in the adjacent room.

Director/producer Adrianna True (not shown) gives gifts and thanks to stage manager Emilygrace Piel, technical supervisor Jacob Marquez, and the actors

Back in the Yellowstone Room, our MC kept the room entertained while drawing for the pick-a-prize raffles.

Our MC, Noon Lion Craig Hibberd, draws tickets from jars for each of our prize baskets, with help from Noon Lions Bonnie Harrison, Ginny Chidsey and Kayla Madler

Noon Lion Howard Last won a Makeover Basket, and is enjoying the boa.

One of three centerpiece designs, crafted by Noon Lion Diann Last. As an appreciation of our guests, one lucky person at each table was awarded the centerpiece to take home.

We’d like to thank the True Troupe for such a wonderful production, our guests for making our fundraiser a success, and the Dining in the Dark committee (Ginny Chidsey, Bob Clary, Bonnie Harrison, Craig Hibberd, Diann Last, Howard Last, Dave Orr and Barbara Peterson) who worked tirelessly for several months to put this fundraiser together.

Dining in the Dark 2020 is already in the works.

We hope to see you then!

In closing, here’s a closeup view of all our pick a prize raffle baskets. We’ll have even more next year!

Pick A Prize Baskets 


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