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Guests Eat Blindfolded at 2nd Annual 'Dining in the Dark'

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Dozens ate their dinner blindfolded Thursday night and for a good cause. 

AVRE, the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc., hosted its second annual Dining in the Dark at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton, where donors wore blindfolds to dinner causing them to experience the sensation of having no vision while eating.

The aim is to raise awareness on the challenges the visually impaired face while also raising funds to support AVRE's rehabilitation services. 

 “I spent 22 years in the Army as an infantry man and in 2005 I was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb. And amongst other injuries I lost most of my vision," said Jeffery Mittman, an Army veteran. 

"I had to figure out what I was going to do for the rest of my life and how I was going to overcome my vision loss. One of the ways I did that was going through a blind rehabilitation center," added Mittman.

AVRE is a non-profit organization that provides vision rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired across nine counties in the Southern Tier. 

For more information about AVRE and its services, click here.