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August 18, 2009 - Dinner, Song and Sweet Jazz

What: American Council of the Blind of Colorado's Dinner in the Dark

Where: Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Time: 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $65 for non-ACBCO members; $55 for members

Beneficiary: American Council of the Blind of Colorado

Presenting Sponsor(s): Jazz 89.3 KUVO and Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge

Executive Director: Barbara Boyer

Committee Members: Kate Hunt, George Beard, Barbara Boyer, Karen Karsh and Nicholas Delmonico

Staff: George Beard, Community Outreach Program Coordinator; Sue Fenniman, Resource Specialist; Kate Hunt, Community Coordinator; Linda Yacks, Administrative Assistant

Introductions: Nicholas Delmonico

Entertainment: Denver local jazz singer and songwriter Karen Karsh

Menu: Salad choices: Dazzle wedge iceberg lettuce, crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, crispy onions, with bleu cheese or ranch dressing or baby spinach salad, mango vinaigrette, candied walnuts, dried apricots, and goat cheese; Entrée choices: spinach and gorgonzola ravioli toasted walnuts, red grapes, with creamed spinach sauce or Mirror Pond Pale Ale battered Pollock and hand-cut French fries with malt vinegar and tartar sauce or parmesan crusted chicken breast linguini, roasted tomato-basil cream sauce; Dessert choices: carrot cake or crème brulée of the day

Attendance: 80

Attire: Casual

Board of Directors: Board of Directors: Chairman- Rod Chard, Vice-Chair- Charlie Watson, Secretary- Jan Ward, Treasurer- Angie Anderson, Members- Nicholas Delmonico, Karey Carbaugh, Leroy Hill, and Karen Karsh

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Corriveau

 Bruce Anderson, left, with his wife, ACBCO Board member Angie, along with ACBCO Executive Director Barbara Boyer and ACBCO Board member Rod Chard
Bruce Anderson, left, with his wife, ACBCO Board member Angie, along with ACBCO Executive Director Barbara Boyer and ACBCO Board member Rod Chard

During their third annual Dinner in the Dark, American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO) put guests in the dark to help them better understand how it feels to live without sight. Although the dining area was black, the stage was lit not only by Edison’s invention, but also the effervescent presence of singer/songwriter Karen Karsh. In addition to singing, Karen has been an inspirational speaker, sharing her story and accomplishments, to students for many years. ACBCO board member Angie Anderson remembers listening to Karen from her fifth grade desk.

“I heard Karen when I was a child. She came to my school in St. Vrain and I’ve never forgotten her. She was incredibly inspiring and had a huge impact on my life. I didn’t play anything musical, but I thought if she could do some much while being blind I knew there were things I could do if I just tried.”

ACBCO Executive Director Barbara Boyer basked in gratitude to have Karsh singing at the event. “She’s been touring the country performing and speaking. We are thrilled she’s here with us. The turnout tonight is phenomenal.”

Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, deemed one of the world’s 100 great jazz clubs by Downbeat Magazine, presented the perfect stage for Karsh and her jazz band. Dazzle Owner Donald Rossa is pleased to lend his location for the fundraiser. Each year ACBCO Board Member Nicholas Delmonico trains Dazzle’s serving staff on the clock method. Rossa believes it’s an opportunity for employees to learn not to be afraid of telling people they’ve placed the salad at 3 o’clock. And that’s just one ripple in insight created by Dinner in the Dark.

“We’re trying to build awareness on two levels tonight. First, we want people to know about ACBCO and second, we want to the bridge the gap between living with vision to the fear of living without sight. When people experience eating in the dark they realize visually impaired people car capable of doing many things. They’re perspectives broaden,” said Boyer.

Jazz 89.3 KUVO and Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge sponsored the event. The mission of ACBCO is to promote the independence, equality, and opportunities for all blind and visually impaired individuals in the state of Colorado. To learn more visit


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