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Posted on: July 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Dave Trinkle Announces Fi rst Ever Vice-Mayor Challenge

Roanoke, VA - Outgoing Vice-Mayor, Dave Trinkle announced this week his plan to host a Dinner in the Dark to benefit New Vision, a non-profit organization that provides support to the visually impaired in the Roanoke region. Guests’ senses will be challenged – and heightened -- as they dine completely in the dark to simulate the experience of a visually impaired person. As an added twist, servers will be wearing state-of-the-art night vision goggles provided by the Roanoke based Harris Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of Generation 3 vision intensifier technology.

“The office of the vice-mayor changes every two years, so the dinner is a fun way to celebrate the rotating position” said Dave Trinkle “It is also a chance to develop a new tradition in Roanoke where the outgoing vice-mayor hosts a farewell event to benefit an area charity. Vice-Mayor Elect Anita Price has already accepted the
challenge to carry the torch when her term is up in 2018.”

The event will take place July 21, 2016. To ensure elegant food and complete darkness, the dinner will be held in the AKA Room under the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Guests are asked to gather in the Pine Room by 6pm where they will be escorted to their tables in the underground space. There are fewer than 100 tickets available at $80 per person which includes dinner and wine. Interested parties are encouraged to secure their reservations early at:

For more information visit: [email protected].

“It is a unique opportunity for us to gain insight into what the visually impaired experience every day” says physician and Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle. ”Furthermore, we live in world of information overload, where visual stimulation is everywhere. Imagine how amazing it will be, for just a few hours, to abandon the visual world in exchange for a new, more stimulating dining experience where you recognize friends by their voices and identify food by only smell, texture and taste.”

Sponsors for the event include the City of Roanoke, Harris Corporation, Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, The Fork Restaurants, and Vistar Eye Center.

What: Dinner in the Dark
When: July 21, 2016. Gather in the Pine Room at 6pm. Seating begins shortly after.
Where: The AKA Room, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Details: Tickets are $80 per person. $160 per couple. $640 for a table of 8.
Contact: com for tickets.
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