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Dining in the Dark with Matt Stover and Bob Ehrlich

The Baltimore Sun

Guests at a June 14 dinner honoring former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich and former Ravens all-pro place-kicker Matt Stover will dine in complete darkness. The event, called Dining in the Dark, is hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a Columbia-based national nonprofit focused on life-saving research.

Described as "a distinctive sensory awareness experience," diners at the Baltimore Hilton will take their entree course "using only their senses of smell, sound, taste and touch to get a glimpse into the lives of the blind." The course will be served by visually impaired servers, using a system of ropes and stanchions, who have been trained specifically for the dinner.

Created in Germany, Dining in the Dark events have become increasingly popular in the United States.

Ehrlich is credited with creating the first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities in the nation. Stover, a fan favorite, is working to help professional athletes manage their charitable giving through a non-profit organization he co-founded called the Players’ Philanthropy Fund.

Tickets for the dinner are $350. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Nicole Ossola at 443-875-3886.

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