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10/10/2011

Lighthouse for the Blind Fort Worth ramps up community outreach

Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is boosting its community profile.

Young Lighthouse Legacy, an auxiiliary of the nonprofit Lighthouse, is holding an inaugural golf tournament and wine tasting. The Shot in the Dark Night Golf Tournament and Wine Tasting will be Oct. 21 at Mira Vista Country Club.

Dinner will be 6:30 p.m., followed by putting and driving contests. A nine-hole, best-ball scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person. The tournament has space for 120 players and currently is up to 90, said Nancy Fisher, community development director for Lighthouse for the Blind.

The wine-tasting-only tickets are $75, and it runs concurrent to the golf tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available, beginning at $600 bronze and as high as $5,000 for platinium.

Major sponsors for the event are TPG Capital, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, Future Foam and Cash America.

Fisher said Young Lighthouse wants to net $5,000-$10,000 with the fundraiser, with proceeds going to Lighthouse for the Blind rehab programs.

"The principal goal is to bring awareness to the Lighthouse," Fisher said. "We have never been out in the community doing special events or fundraising. This just seems to be in synch with our mission."

Young Lighthouse Legacy was formed from a project that originated among members of the Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2011. The group targets young adult volunteers.

"If I can get 35-year-old people excited about the Lighthouse, we have strong opportunities to be in front of them as potential donors and sponsors," Fisher said.

The Lighthouse, which is on track to gross $22 million in revenue this year, almost entirely from selling products and packaging services, is trying to broaden its funding base. It wants to raise $300,000-$500,000 per year through special events and donations, going from "non-existent," Fisher said.

One of the Lighthouse’s major contracts – energy-absorbing pads for the Defense Department – expanded in August to a third shift, Friday-Sunday, 12 hours each day. The Lighthouse hired 16 people for that shift.

For tournament sponsorship opportunities and player information, contact Theresa Berend at tberend@hfblaw.com or Fisher at nfisher@lighthousefw.org.

Lighthouse for the Blind also is sponsoring its third annual Tarrant County White Cane Day Walk, beginning 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Lighthouse, 912 W. Broadway. Buses will travel from the Lighthouse to Burnett Park downtown, where the walk will begin. The walk is open to the public. Contact Fisher for more information.

- Scott Nishimura

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Thrilled about your support for the Lighthouse! Hope to see you at the event.

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