Dine in the Dark


Currently, I am the Marketing Manager of the Try New Things Club at USF. It’s this new club on campus with the sole purpose of planning events for students to participate in that they would not normally do. So far, the club has taken a behind scene tour of the Florida Aquarium and has done splatter paint shirts. Because the club is practically a newborn (in the sense of age) we haven’t done many activities.

I am excited to say that we are planning something big. We are hosting, in conjunction with the Rotaract Club and the Pre-Veterinary Society, a blindfolded dinner called “Dine in the Dark” to raise money for the Southeastern Guide Dogs. This organizations provides service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD and the visually impaired. through this dinner, we hope that guest will gain a new appreciation for guide dogs and the services they provide. We also want them to see the challenges people experience when they lose a sense.

Along with the dinner, we will have a demonstration from Southeastern Guide Dogs and a silent auction to raise more money. Which brings me to my part in the planning. As of now I am part of the fundraising committee, with the responsibility of getting items for the auction and sponsors.

This is something new for me, something I think will be very exciting. The president of the club has written a letter stating what DITD is and what we are asking for, has prepared a form with the tax information, and I got a letter from the school stating we were a legit club. Now all I have to do is hit the payment and start getting donations.

Wish me luck, next week I start pursuing some donations.