Robert McBay, executive director of Inland Empire Lighthouse for the Blind, knows that fellowship is even more important for people who do not have sight.

"Our students learn daily living skills but half our our philosophy is that the students learn fellowship as well," McBay said. "It's so important."

At the nonprofit Lighthouse's classes, a variety of independent daily living skills are being taught to those who are legally or totally blind.

Programs, classes and activities, including Braille, arts and crafts, computers, sewing, home economics, choir, ceramics, Bible study, mobility and orientation are designed to enrich and train students throughout the Inland Empire.

All classes, instruction, materials, meals, transportation and referral services are provided free to the blind.

And no taxpayer dollars are spent. The Lighthouse's primary means of support are its Thrift Store proceeds, donations and fundraisers.

That is why the upcoming fundraiser gala is especially inportant for the center.

On Jan. 26, the Inland Empire Lighthouse for the Blind hosts its inaugural "Night for Sight" Dinner Gala and Silent Auction fundraiser.

Administrative assistant Sandra Wood said the large dining area will be "pretty spectacular" for the event and will be done by Hollywood designers.

"The entire room will be transformed into a starry night with several flat screen TVs," Wood said.


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The new 21,000-square-foot school is the perfect setting for the event, according to McBay.

"All classrooms will be open for people to visit and a hearty welcome is extended to everyone to join us for dinner, fun and our silent auction," he said.

The event also will include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, the silent auction, and raffle and prizes at the center, 359 E. Parkcenter Circle South, San Bernardino.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information or for reservations, call 909-884-3121.


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